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Sports club fire at Whangateau “not suspicious” Police don’t believe there was anything suspicious about the fire that destroyed the Rodney Rams Sports Club building, at Whangateau, early on Thursday May 29. Neighbours reported hearing explosions around 3am. When brigades responded from Leigh and Matakana, the building was well alight with flames shooting through the roof. No-one was in the building at the time. Fire investigators arrived at daylight and by Friday had established that there were no suspicious circumstances. The Leigh brigade responded to five call outs in a 24-hour period last week and rumours were circulating that there was a connection. However, Warkworth Detective John Taylor said it appeared to be just a coincidence. The cause of the fire was still unknown. He said it would be handed over to the club’s insurance company to follow their normal procedures. Club members, who gathered on the entrance drive at dawn, were devastated by what the daylight revealed. Buckled iron, a charred building frame and broken blocks and mortar. Gone was the memorial wall, photographs, trophies and other memorabilia accrued over decades. Club president Eddie Watts said it was a sight he wouldn’t want to see again in a hurry. Neighbour and club supporter Denise Crimp said it was all the sadder because the club was just getting back on its feet. “We’d had a few years when we hadn’t been able to field a team, but this year we’ve got a couple in the competition, as well as a new netball side,” she said. The clubrooms operated from Wednesdays to Sunday, and were a popular gathering place for the community.

Leigh and Whangateau residents were quick to rally after the devastating fire. Expressions of shock and sadness filled various Facebook pages during the day and on the evening after the fire, a pot luck dinner was held at the Whangateau Hall. It was an opportunity for the community to come together to share their grief and disappointment. More photos with this story at localmatters.co.nz

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Deal done on Springboard headquarters The future of Springboard Community Works headquarters is almost secure, after an agreement was reached to purchase the premises just three days before the lease ran out. But the struggle is not over as the youth service grapples with the prospect of raising the funds to buy the Snells Beach building, in Hamatana Road. Although the purchase price was not disclosed, it is understood to be more than $500,000. Springboard has until June 17 to secure financing. Founder Gary Diprose says they have so far raised $128,000 and pledges should bring this up to $200,000, but a target has been set to raise a further $50,000. “The more money we raise, the less money we will need to borrow and that means more for the community.” “This is not a done deal yet,” Gary says. The landlord advised the organisation that he was putting the building on the market last August and they have been negotiating a purchase price for the past 10 months. “There was a Plan B, but it is a huge relief it hasn’t come to that,” Gary says. “The opportunity to secure this site long-term is beyond my wildest dreams. We want to thank the community for getting us here, but we also want to plead for assistance to help secure this. We want to be here for the next 20 to 30 years.” This is a landmark moment for Springboard, he says.

Springboard founder Gary Diprose is celebrating reaching an agreement to purchase their headquarters in Snells Beach.

Springboard moved into the former landscape supplies shed four years ago, after generous grants from the community helped to secure a oneyear lease. Before that, they were running programmes with youth offenders from staff homes. “It was a massive leap of faith, but it’s been pivotal to what Springboard has become. It changed everything. People could come in and witness the change that was happening in the kids.” They turned the shed into a home for the service, creating office spaces, study areas, an informal café, and a garden and a wood splitting business to help youth learn skills and fund some of the programmes. The service has since grown to 16 staff and their work has attracted national attention, including from Prime Minister John Key.

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“We are working with 120 youth and families every week and we can see this growing to over 200 by the end of the year. Youth crime has also dropped and the police have credited us for helping achieve that and we are currently helping 80 kids into employment.” Springboard is currently working with other youth services north of Auckland. “The grants Springboard has received in recent years has been well publicised and some members of the public have found it hard to understand why Springboard couldn’t just buy the building outright,” Gary says. “But that funding can only be spent on our programmes.” People interested in donating can do so via the Springboard website, springboard.org.nz or by visiting their headquarters in Snells Beach, or emailing mail@springboard.org.nz Info: 425 4623.

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Government spends $7.6 million on Warkworth Primary A major upgrade of the junior school at Warkworth Primary has been given the green light. The Government has committed $7.6 million to the project which will be used to replace the old buildings that make up the majority of the junior school and replace some permanent buildings which are past their useful life. The redevelopment will also address on site flooding from poor drainage that causes dampness beneath school buildings. Work is planned to start in December to make use of the school holidays and is expected to take a year. School principal Cynthia Holden and Board of Trustees chair Chris Murphy say it’s an exciting time for education in Warkworth and will bring the school into the modern era. Construction will take place on land adjacent to the current buildings so classes can continue as normal. However the junior school will lose the use of their playing field. A smaller field and a hard court will

School principal Cynthia Holden with Year 5 students, from left, Connor Passingham, Jesse Attwood, Leilani Payne, Saffron Schedewy-Johnson and Board chair Chris Murphy.

still be available for play areas during construction. Once the new buildings are completed the old buildings will be demolished

and a new field will be planted. The upgrade will follow an open plan environment with separate spaces so teachers can simultaneously work with

NZTA looks set to commit to Hill Street plan The NZ Transport Agency is nudging closer to making a firm commitment to start work on the Hill Street intersection, in Warkworth, before the end of the year. A coalition of community groups from Mahurangi has been lobbying roading representatives, from both NZTA and Auckland Transport, to start work immediately. They believe work could start as soon as October. However, an NZTA spokesperson told Mahurangi Matters that it is only prepared to confirm that it is “aiming” to start in spring. “I can’t be more precise, nor can I give a timeline for completion of work, because the agency is still evaluating the most effective way to deliver the three projects – either all at once or as

three separate and staged projects. “There will be a decision in the next few weeks.” The Mahurangi coalition presented NZTA with a six-point plan for immediate attention which included increasing the length of the rightturn lane which accesses Matakana and Sandspit roads, widening the southbound lane from Kowhai Park to the traffic lights, providing a slip lane from Sandspit Road into Elizabeth Street, and prohibiting south-bound traffic from turning into Hill Street off SH1. Other measures being proposed by the group include the possibility of a second lane on SH1 for traffic turning right to Matakana and Sandspit, and improving pedestrian safety around the intersection.

Hill Street has also been discussed at length during sittings by the Board of Inquiry on the Puhoi-Warkworth motorway. At a sitting at Ascension, the chair High Court judge John Priestley was also asking whether or not NZTA had committed to doing the improvements. He said he’d received in an email indicating that the plans were “quite firm”, but it hadn’t come from NZTA. “Ms Brosnahan (lead counsel for NZTA) you’re looking a bit nervous about that,” he said. The Mahurangi coalition formed after it emerged late last year that NZTA wanted yet again to postpone major changes at the intersection until after the new motorway was completed. The group was due to meet again with NZTA on June 3.

pupils in small groups, large groups and one-on-one. “It will mean teachers can target the specific needs of the students,” Mrs Holden says. Currently the upgrade is only to replace the existing buildings, but there are discussions for more classrooms and space will be made for future growth, she says. Further upgrades to the senior school are also in the pipeline. “The Minister stated clearly that it’s a whole school project and work is underway to determine the needs of the senior school and we’re optimistic that these needs will also be addressed.” The junior school consists of 16 prefabricated buildings which were built in 1976. Mrs Holden says they have reached the end of their lifespan. The school has a roll of 545, but that is expected to grow to 650 by 2017. The junior school houses 290 five to seven year olds, in Years 1-3.

Gateway funding Rodney residents are being asked whether they would like funds to create new signage for the entrance of their towns. The Rodney Local Board has set-aside $104,000 for the 2013/14 financial year to fund gateway features. Main towns are eligible for $30,000 and towns and villages between $5000 and $15,000. Wellsford, Warkworth, Puhoi, Kawau Island, Omaha Beach, Whangateau and Te Hana have been assessed as having a medium-term need for funding. Board representatives will visit community and business groups in these areas to get feedback on what community wants. Kaukapakapa Area Residents and Ratepayers Association has received $25,000 for its gateway feature.

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Meeting called on Sandspit Harbour A public meeting has been called to discuss planning for the future of Sandspit Harbour. It will be held at the Sandspit Yacht Club on Wednesday June 18, from 7pm to 9pm. The meeting is being organised by the Sandspit Residents and Ratepayers Association. Spokesperson Ian Grant says the local community values and uses the Sandspit Harbour for a variety of reasons. “As we are already seeing, sometimes these uses and values align, sometimes they conflict,” he says. “The association would like to facilitate a community-led management plan for Sandspit Harbour which recognises environmental, social, cultural and economic values, beginning with information gathering about the state of the harbour and community values.” Grant says it’s hoped that this will enable the community to advocate for a commonly-supported future when challenges and opportunities arise. The first meeting will introduce the association’s proposal, hear what others think and how people would like to be involved.

$1 million top-up for Rodney road sealing Auckland Council has requested Auckland Transport (AT) to reprioritise a further $1 million towards road sealing in the next budget. AT has already allocated $14 million for road sealing in the Auckland region over 10 years, from 2013 to 2022. AT has not yet set its budget for the 2014/15 year, but Rodney Councillor Penny Webster says if the recommendation is accepted, it will mean more than $2 million will be spent on sealing roads in the 12 months from the start of July. “The Mayor has said there will be an

extra $1 million every year until the job is done,” Cr Webster says. It can be expected the majority of the funds will be spent sealing Rodney roads. In AT’s list of priority roads for sealing all but three of the top 30 are in Rodney and the top five roads are all in Rodney. Cr Webster says she is also looking into why the cost of sealing roads has nearly doubled in recent years. Meanwhile, an initiative to start a public-private partnership (PPP) to seal a Rodney road is also one

step closer after the Rodney Local Board allocated $20,000 to further investigate the proposal. Residents of Pukapuka Road, a 3.8km dead-end road off Mahurangi West Road, have proposed a PPP with the Board where residents will pay about $600,000 for the cost of sealing the road, which is about 85 percent of the estimated total cost. The Board has given initial support to the plan, allocating the funds from the Local Board Capital Transport Fund to subject to AT’s agreement.

Warkworth intersections and pedestrian crossings upgraded Changes are being made to Warkworth’s roading network including two new roundabouts at either end of the town, three new pedestrian crossings and more parking spaces. A small mountable roundabout is being designed at the intersection of Queen, Neville and Baxter Streets, as well as at the intersection of Queen Street, Mill Lane and Elizabeth Street. A raised zebra crossing across Baxter Street is in the pipeline and a zebra crossing will be added to the existing raised section of Elizabeth Street. There will also be a pedestrian refuge island built near the Mill Lane intersection. Angled parking is planned on Baxter Street, which will increase the number

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NAG supporters dispute Auckland Council claims There’s still no word yet on when the Local Government Commission will make a decision on whether it will consider a proposal to split North Rodney from Auckland and form a unitary council. The Northern Action Group (NAG) met the commission again recently to respond to what it calls “Auckland Council’s critical commentary” on the proposal. NAG chairman Bill Townson says the group obtained a copy of Council’s comments using the Official Information Act. “It was full of exaggeration, distortion, misinterpretation and plain errors and quite un-becoming of a supposedly professional organisation,” he says “We were able to expose nearly all of

the commentary for what it was and the Commission thanked us for our presentation adding that they regarded our proposal as credible. Council’s desperate attempt to discredit our polling and other methods to establish ‘community support’ were based largely on wrong legislation and assumptions that were easy to expose. Mr Townson says the meeting concluded with a request for some sort of timeframe on a result. “However, we are fifth in the queue of reorganisation proposals that the commission is currently dealing with so we can hardly expect to jump to the top.” NAG first met with the commission in February.

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Warkworth sergeant returns to his roots New role for Zonta founder Sergeant Morgan de la Rue has returned to Warkworth as officerin-charge at the Warkworth Police Station. Sgt de la Rue grew up in Whangateau and went to Mahurangi College. He says he’s excited about becoming part of the community again. “I’ll be visiting community groups to reinforce the message that we are here to help,” he says. “I want the police to be accessible to everyone. If we can give advice or assist in any way, that’s great. There are a lot of great community groups in the area that do a good job. Our aim is to be a real part of the community we work in.” Sgt de la Rue has been in the police for about 11 years, beginning with seven years at Auckland Central station, before transferring to Orewa four years ago. Prior to the police he was working as a labourer and studying for a Diploma in Sports Business on the side. “I like physical work, but I found being a labourer wasn’t very satisfying mentally. But I’ve always loved sports.” Rugby league is his main game and he has recently returned to playing for the Hibiscus Coast Raiders after a seven-year hiatus raising his two children.

Sergeant Morgan de la Rue has replaced Bede Haughey as officer-in-charge at the Warkworth Police Station

Sgt de la Rue says police started taking a more proactive approach in 2011 through the Prevention First initiative, which places the emphasis on stopping crime before it starts. This has been a good challenge and appears to be paying off, he says. “Instead of waiting for something to happen, we go and talk to known

offenders and victims, and intervene and get them help before things escalate. It’s been a real turn around in the way we do things.” Sgt de la Rue will continue to live on the Hibiscus Coast. He replaces Bede Haughey, who is now officer-in-charge of the road policing teams based at Orewa.

The co-founder of the Zonta Mangawhai club, Liz Holsted, has been selected as the Area 1 Director for the 2014-16 biennium. Her new role involves working with the nine clubs north of South Auckland to assist them in all aspects of their work. “I am passionate about the ideals of Zonta and the progress that can be made on so many fronts when an international group of women work towards one goal, the advancement of the status of women globally through service and advocacy,” Liz says. “After 10 years, it still excites me that as an organisation, we make such a difference to the lives of so many women and children at a local, national and international level.” The next major event for the Zonta Mangawahi club is the fundraising Giant Auction and Trivial Pursuits Evening at the Mangawhai Club on July 3. All proceeds from the evening will go towards sending a young woman on a voyage with the Spirit of New Zealand tallship. The experience helps to build confidence and leadership skills in the young women. Tables of 6 are available at $12.50 per person. To book, phone Isobel on 431 4882.

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Through Young Eyes is the theme of an exhibition, which opens at Estuary Arts in Orewa this week, as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography. Ahuroa Primary is one of six schools in the Auckland region, which has been invited to submit students’ work for the display. It’s the second year in a row that the small rural school has had its photos exhibited at the gallery. Estuary Arts manager/curator Kim Boyd says the exhibition covers a range of subject material. She says the work by the two junior schools – Ahuroa and Stanhope Road Primary – is both experimental and sophisticated, and loses nothing by comparison with the work submitted by the senior students from Orewa, Waitakere and Rangitoto Colleges, and

Pukekohe High School. Ahuroa School photography club leader Theressa Butler says the club meets weekly and covers a series of activities to develop the students’ skills, as well as their “eye”. This year they’ve chosen birds as a theme, which has lead to a more detailed, and sometimes abstract, look at birds and their habitats. “A number of parents have commented on how their children have become much more aware of their surroundings since joining the club,” Theressa says. “They’re looking at the world differently, which is part of that whole art experience.” The Estuary Arts Centre exhibition, in the Hibiscus Gallery, runs from June 5 to July 6.

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Over the last month it has been brilliant to come back into Warkworth and work from our newly-opened party office – Shop 5, Riverview Plaza. One of the most enjoyable parts of this job is interacting with local people about local and nationwide issues. The office is manned most days by volunteers and I get there as often as possible so feel free to drop in and chat about all things political. As the election looms larger I will be out of town on more and more political panels – as the Deputy Leader of New Zealand First and spokesperson for Education, among other areas, there is a marked demand for my attendance but I am always home at least one day in a week. With only 18 sitting days left to this parliamentary term, the government is pushing through legislation “just in case” so there have been some very long days over the past month. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that this is going to be a very close election. In and around Rodney, for me, a focus area continues to be our young people. Particularly the 60 per cent of our young people who are those great “average” kiwi kids trying to gain employment in and around our area without debt and with enough hours to survive on. Housing issues are going to start to bite as Auckland’s growth puts more and more pressure on land and house prices especially as we are an identified satellite town. For my part, I have continued to work hard on local issues – bringing them to the fore with the influence I have – in some cases to force the appropriate Minister to take note. That is after all the job of opposition – keep government members on their toes and delivering for taxpayers. For example, I recently wrote to Hon. Gerry Brownlee and asked him to meet with members of the Warkworth Area Liaison Group to discuss the Hill Street intersection. I am pleased to report that I have received correspondence from the Minister expressing his intention to meet with this group in the near future. On June 4, I am thrilled to be hosting my fellow MP Richard Prosser in Warkworth township. Several local groups had asked to speak to Richard about issues in his spokesperson areas so Richard will be available for appointments on the day and will be speaking at a public meeting at Totara Park Lounge Hall, off Melville Drive at 7pm that evening. Richard will be announcing policy stands for the coming election and will be taking questions from the floor. If you would like to chat with Richard or myself please don’t hesitate to contact us by dropping into the Warkworth office or leave a message on 425 9249.

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The stories of Matakana’s early settler days are fast disappearing as the links with the pioneering families disappear. Although there was talk a few years ago of setting up a local museum to preserve this heritage, as well as the wealth of memorabilia that is still held in family hands, nothing has so far materialised. In Austin Smith’s opinion, that’s a shame. He can trace his family’s connection to Matakana back to 1846 and although he now lives in Orewa, his heart is still firmly in Matakana, as editor Jannette Thompson discovered …

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here are mementos of the Smith family all over Matakana. There’s Smith Road at the bottom of Mt Tamahunga and both my Dad and I have our initials carved on the trig station on the top of the mountain. My grandfather William Smith was born in a nikau whare beside the Matakana Falls and there’s plenty of Smiths in the cemetery on the hill, including my great grandfather who drowned at the mouth of the Matakana River in 1865. Perhaps you shouldn’t mention that though as the Coroner noted that he probably wouldn’t have drowned if he hadn’t been drunk! My grandmother, Margaret, and her sister, were maids for Sir George Grey, on Kawau Island. My grandfather William and his brother were farming in Smith Road at the time and on Saturdays, if there was a dance at Mansion House, they’d ride to the wharf, borrow the storekeeper’s punt and row over. The two brothers married the two sisters and lived side-by-side on farms in Smith Road for the rest of their lives. At one stage, my Great Uncle Joe worked as a manager and boatman for Governor Grey and he planted some of the rare trees and palms from Mansion House on his farm opposite Tongue Farm Road. Some are still there. My grandmother only had one arm but still won many prizes for her bottled autumn fruit at the local shows. As we understand it, she was cooking over an open fire when she fainted and fell into the fire. Doctors were many hours away by horseback so my grandfather made the decision to cut the arm off. Farmers were used to doing those sorts of things for their animals, but it’s hard to imagine what it must have been like to have to do it for the Mrs. The town once had a flour mill, between the falls and the wharf, a race track and its own municipal library. The Matakana Falls were ruined when they blasted them for stone for the roads. Early family members remember the brick making at Brick Bay and the sparcutters bringing down trees for masts, which were in demand for export. Mr and Mrs Keckit had a store and boarding house above the river, in what became Dr Whetter’s house (behind where King George now stands). Plume Café was our family home, but

it was called Wainone then, which we were told meant ‘winding waters’. Dad built the house when he married Mum. She was the first bride in Matakana to arrive at the church in a car. I was born at Wainone, as were my sisters Moira and Enid. We used to milk the cows across the road where the market is now and sell our milk to local residents. My grandfather Woodie Campbell would carry a bucket and his pint dipper along the street – an early version of a milkman. After he died, people would leave their billies on our back porch. Can you imagine the strife you’d get in to if you tried to do that today! I never heard of anyone getting sick though so obviously the hygiene wasn’t too bad. We sold Wainone around 1982 for $65,000, which included the house and the land to the wharf.

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ive generations of Smiths have attended Matakana School, which has had a couple of different locations over the years. Up until 1928, it was beside the Presbyterian Church, which is now at the Matakana Country Park. Lots of kids rode horses to school, while others walked miles over farmland, even when they were only five years old. Some even road bikes along the metal roads from Point Wells. Matakana didn’t get electricity until 1938 so before then, Mum cooked on a wood range. We had gaslights and candles, and anyone who had a radio (we didn’t) had to hook it up to their car battery to make it go. Washing was done in the copper on Mondays and the clothes got a blue rinse before being hung on the clothesline. Although we only had a 3000-gallon rainwater tank, I can’t remember us running out of water – tanks as small as 800 gallons weren’t uncommon. But then there was none of this letting the tap run while you cleaned your teeth. We didn’t have enough pressure for a shower and to have a bath, we’d have to first boil the copper to get the water warm and then bucket it to the bath. No

wonder we only bothered about twice a week. Although we had one of the first flush toilets in Matakana, we still had to go along the garden path to use it. When I was six, my mother was pregnant with my younger sister and the doctors didn’t think she’d survive childbirth. My parents made arrangements for me to board at Dilworth in Auckland. I was nine when I started and over the next seven years I made some of the best friends of my life. Living away from home at such a young age made us all fairly independent. I remember the teachers telling my best mate that he was “the dumbest guy they’d ever seen”. They told him to leave school the day he turned 15 and get a job digging drains for the council “because you’ll never do any better than that”. Just shows you how wrong people can be. That guy became an apprentice mechanic and in his spare time, started fixing small engines. He went on to found a major company and became a multi-millionaire. hen I left school, I joined Dad in the building trade. Many buildings in Matakana bear his trademark including the hall that replaced the one that burned down in 1958, the old post office, the Matakana Co-operative Store and the butcher shop. His business partner was Norman Roke and when Dad retired, Norman and I formed Roke and Smith Ltd. Our timber yard was on the site of the cinemas and there’s a real estate office where our workshop was across the road. The company concentrated on local work – we built the marine lab at Goat Island and additions to Mahurangi College. But we weren’t fussy and did everything from pigsties and cow sheds to houses.

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I bought seven acres and an old house in Victoria Street, in Warkworth, off Les Phillips for £6700 and we subdivided it into 31-sections. The first blocks sold for $2400, while we got $10,000 for the last sections. Warkworth Town Council was running the place then and getting things like building permits were never a problem. You just had to get along with the right people. In the early 1960s we started a hardware store in Matakana, which meant we could get some of our building supplies at the wholesale price. guess you could say I’ve been involved in the community over the years – I’m a past president of both Warkworth Jaycees and Warkworth Rotary, belonged to the Warkworth Golf Club for 25 years, did nine years on the Board of Governors of Mahurangi College and I’m a Rear Commodore of the Sandspit Yacht Club. I’ve got all sorts of bits and pieces relating to Matakana, which the family have held onto over the years. I’ve still got Mum’s dance card from the Matakana Bachelors Ball held in the Matakana Hall in 1920 and a copy of the Matakana Public Cemetery map dated 1898. There are newspaper cuttings about Matakana’s support for prohibition, an account of the Upper Matakana Race Day and documents recording Susan Campbell’s gift of land for the original King George monument. Sandy Campbell gave the surrounding land to the RSA for a reserve. As part of my work as a JP, I still use our family Bible dated 1866 if someone needs to swear an oath. Both my father and grandfather were also JPs. I’d happily hand over a lot of what I have if only there was a museum in Matakana!

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Court confirms Kaipara’s historic rates are valid Mangawhai residents who boycotted paying Kaipara District Council rates over a wastewater charge dispute have been told the boycott is illegal and outstanding rates must be repaid. The High Court handed down its decision on May 28 confirming that historic rates have been effectively validated. Kaipara Commissioners chair John Robertson welcomed the decision, which he says gives “absolute clarity” around the issue of historic rates. He says the rates are enforceable and must now be paid. However, the Mangawhai Ratepayers and Residents Association, which took the court action, says the dispute is definitely not over yet. Association president Bruce Rogan says the boycott will continue until the judgement is sealed. He believes that the issue still to be resolved is who pays the debt on money borrowed to fund the scheme. “We maintain that the council is not able to legally assess and collect rates to meet loans which were illegal. This is not a debt owed by ratepayers,” he says. “The Commissioners have other avenues to finance that debt. This includes talking to the banks who hold the ‘over-inflated debt’ about writing some of it off and insisting that the professional indemnity insurance of those involved be drawn on.”

Mr Robertson estimates that rate arrears accrued over the three years of the boycott could be around $6 million. For individual property owners, this may mean repaying between $4500 and $15,000 per property, depending on the location and services received. The High Court decision confirmed that the borrowing arrangements entered into by Kaipara District Council for the Mangawhai Community Wastewater Scheme were enforceable and that historical rating errors had been validated when Parliament passed the Kaipara District Council (Validation of Rates and Other Matters) Act 2013. “We have consistently said that significant errors were made by previous councils in approving the development of the scheme,” Mr Robertson said. “This was also acknowledged in the Court decision which confirmed that some of the decisions entered into by previous councils were invalid. “However, it was always the view of the Commissioners that the debt was enforceable and that Council had a legal obligation to repay the debt. “We now hope that this matter can be put to rest and that those people still withholding rates will realise their position is simply not legal nor is it fair on the rest of the district.”

Mr Roberston said that since taking over the running of Kaipara, the commissioners had capped debt at $80 million. He said that as a result, the rates which had been withheld had impacted on the capital works programme, mainly roading. “There’s about $10 million in deferred projects so I’d expect a big programme of works to rollout at the start of the spring construction season.” However, Mr Rogan says any suggestion that debt has been capped is “nonsense”. “It’s just playing fancy footwork with the numbers.” He put Kaipara’s debt closer to $110 million. He said the association was still digesting the details of the court decision to determine whether it agreed with it and whether there were grounds for appeal. “The judge has asked for a meeting with parties on June 20 to discuss how the council expects to collect the rates without going to ratepayers so we will wait and see what happens at that meeting.” The court decision also awarded costs to the association to cover the actions it had taken, which Mr Rogan estimated to be around $200,000 to $250,000. Determination of the amount payable would follow.

Mr Robertson acknowledged that the Judge has raised some issues about the council’s decision-making in the future. “We have yet to consider that part of the decision in great detail but that will be a matter of urgency for us over coming weeks.” Kaipara is due to hold elections for a new council next October. Mr Robertson said one of the primary tasks of the commissioners was to get the council into good financial shape prior to that election. He said last year’s Auditor General’s decision and this week’s High Court decision were important in bringing clarity to these historic issues. Last December, the Auditor General apologised to Kaipara ratepayers for its failure to properly assess the impact of the Mangawhai wastewater scheme. Mr Robertson said the third leg in the process was to identify any culpability of any parties involved in the planning, consenting and construction of the Mangawhai scheme. He expected to be in a position make the findings of that investigation public in two to three months, when commissioners would also be able to advise if they were pursuing any parties.

Rodney College project an exercise in community cooperation The Wellsford community has pitched in to build an exercise course for Rodney College students. The former college executive officer Nigel Bennetts initiated the idea in conjunction with the college PE department. Following donations from Oxford Sports Trust and Pub Charities the project began. Wellsford Lions Club provided labour, helping to build the foundations and shovel woodchip. Lions member Stephen Corry gave the use of his digger, and Neil Wright, also a

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Community classes struggle for funds A community education programme, which started at Mahurangi College this year, needs funding to continue.

Jessica Rushworth, from ANZ Warkworth, hands over the money to Warkworth Wellsford Hospice clinical educator Karen Williamson and social worker Monica Donnelly.

Bank donates to Hospice building fund Staff from ANZ Warkworth recently presented a cheque for $7800 to Warkworth Wellsford Hospice. Hospice fundraising coordinator Lesley Ingham says the donation will fund six months of the hospital bed delivery service, six months of massage therapy and pay for a new laptop for the Hospice education programme. The programme helps to teach other carers, such as those working in retirement homes, how to provide palliative care.

“This helps to expand the work of the Hospice, without expanding staff numbers,” Leslie says. “We can’t keep employing more nurses as we don’t think the government is going to increase our funding so one way we can share the load is to teach other providers how to help patients when they reach the end of life stage.” The donation comes from the ANZ Staff Foundation. About 20 per cent of ANZ staff choose to

donate about six per cent of their pay to the foundation. Local ANZ staff nominate a worthy cause and the recipients are then chosen at a national level. Jessica Rushworth, from ANZ Warkworth, nominated the hospice to receive the grant and says it is great to see the work of the foundation in action. “I have seen how hospice helps people and ANZ has given me the opportunity to give back,” Jessica says.

The programme received a $10,000 grant from Rodney Local Board to get the courses up and running. Coordinator Adva Webber says there was great feedback from the first term, but enrolments for some of the courses were a bit disappointing and some classes never got off the ground. “I’m hoping more people will enrol for the current courses,” Adva says. She had hoped the programme would be selfsufficient after the first term, but that has not happened. An application for an ASB Community Trust grant has been lodged for further funding and other avenues are being looked at. Term two is now underway and courses have begun in digital photography and Te Reo Maori. There are also courses available on filmmaking, fashion and style, scrap booking, public speaking, defensive driving, English as a second language, Cashflow 101 and philosophy, if there is demand. Adva is keen for suggestions on what courses people want. She’d also welcome enquiries from people who would like to offer their skills as a tutor. “It would be great to offer courses in computing, woodwork and metal work, cooking and art classes, but it all rests on getting passionate tutors who are interested in starting a course.” People can enrol online at mcll.chalkle.com and ask for new courses through the Mahurangi Community Lifelong Learning Facebook page. Info: Phone 021 130 6363 or email mahurangicommunitycentre@gmail.com

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Warkworth women’s business THIS MONTHS group takes national trophy USED CAR The Warkworth Business And Professional (BPW) Club has been awarded the Lee Harrison Trophy. The trophy was presented at the national BPW Conference in Wellington and recognises Warkworth as the club with the highest increase in membership in NZ. Four local delegates attended the conference and reported back to the club’s meeting last month. Guest speaker at the meeting was Brenda Burke, from Warkworth Natural Therapies, who spoke about her experiences as an acupuncture therapist. She said a growing body of evidence showed that acupuncture could safely treat a wide range of common health problems such as depression,

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Probus hears of Chinese influence Reviving 5000 years of Chinese civilisation was the subject of a talk to Warkworth Men’s Probus last month. Guest speaker Sik-Wai Tsoi told the club that China was once known as Shen Zhou − The Divine Land. It was a land where deities and mortals co-existed, and the belief was that ‘the divine’ transmitted a rich culture to the people of the Earth. For thousands of years, Buddhist, Taoist and other disciplines were at the heart of society. It influenced all aspects of life including calligraphy, music, medicine and attire. Unfortunately, over the past 60 years of rule, the Communist regime had treated traditional Chinese values, centred on the idea of harmony between heaven and earth, as a threat. In systematic campaigns such as the Cultural Revolution, it had uprooted traditional beliefs and destroyed ancient treasures, bringing the traditions of a 5000-year-old civilisation to the brink of extinction. For more information about Probus, phone Bill Speed on 425 8414. Contributed

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RSA gathers local stories of memories of WW I This month marks the centenary of the start of World War I or the Great War, one of the deadliest conflicts in history. Ten percent of NZ’s then population of one million served overseas, of which more than 18,000 died and over 40,000 were wounded. Nearly every New Zealand family was affected. Over the next year, Mahurangi Matters and Warkworth RSA will follow the events of the war on a month-by-month basis leading up to the Gallipoli campaign. These accounts will cover significant dates, as well as information gathered on the participation of local soldiers. In the process, Warkworth RSA hopes members of the wider community will come forward with stories of family members, from the Mahurangi area, who served overseas in WWI. They could be stories that have been handed down by word-of-mouth or perhaps the contents of letters and postcards. “We’d be keen to hear from local descendants, as well as descendants of those who fought and returned to live in the community,” RSA manager Robbie Blair says. “We’re looking to have a special lunch next year for family members and it would also help us gather names for our field of remembrance project by the rotunda and memorial.”

June 1914 28th – Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife in Sarajevo triggers the build-up to the First World War. By August, Europe’s major powers are at war. Watch for our early July issue when we continue the timeline as events spiral into the great conflict. We acknowledge the following sources: Former Mahurangi College teacher Peter Johnson, New Zealand History Online, Auckland War Museum Cenotaph Database and Papers Past websites.

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World War I The names compiled so far of local soldiers who did not return from WWI includes: Lieutenant Thomas Gerald Screaton, age 23. Died 8/5/1915 Gallipoli. Buried in 12 Tree Copse, Gallipoli. Auckland Regiment Arthur Hannah, Died 1/7/15 Killed in action. Buried Canterbury Cemetery Anzac Cove Gallipoli Turkey. Trooper William Copestake, age 27. Died 27/8/1915 Gallipoli. Buried on Hill 60, Gallipoli. Canterbury Mounted Rifles. Rifleman Roy Searchfield, Buried at Bulls Rd Cemetery Somme France. James Llewell, age unknown. Died 30/9/1916 Somme battlefield. Buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, France. Auckland Regiment James Ballantyne Mckinney, age 19. Died at Trentham Army Camp, Wellington (training accident or illness?) 14/10/1916. Buried in Warkworth Presbyterian Cemetery. Private Robert Taylor Morrison, age 40. Died 24/5/1917 from wounds. Buried at Grantham Cemetery, Lincolnshire, England. NZ Machine Gun Corps John Turnwald, age 23. Died 6/6/17 of wounds. Buried at Kantara War Memorial Cemetery Egypt. Captain Frederick Rathbone Foster, age 23. Died 8/6/1917. Buried at Messines Ridge, Belgium. Auckland Regiment. Rifleman Frederick Ernest Webster, age 22. Died 7/8/1917. Buried at Trois Arbres Cemetery, France. NZ Rifle Brigade. Private Lawrence Peter Poulsen, age 32. Died 15/8/1917. Buried at Bethleem Farm West Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium. Auckland Regiment. Private William Fleury, age unknown. Died 4/10/1917 (same day as Garfield Warin.) Buried at Dochy Farm New British Cemetery. Auckland Regiment Private Garfield Alexander Warin, age 23. Died 4/10/1917. Buried at Dochy Farm New British Cemetery. Auckland Regiment Lance Corporal Arthur Sanderson age 22 died

4/10/17 from wounds. Buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium. Private William Malcolm Burke, age 22. Killed 9/10/1917 at Passchendaele. Unknown grave. Memorial name on Burke family in Warkworth Cemetery. Private Frank Daniel Diprose, age 20. Died 21/10/1917 from wounds. Buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Auckland Regiment Gunner Tom Searchfield age 23. Died 25/10/17 killed in action. Buried at Divisional Cemetery Ieper, Belgium. Vivian Sanderson died 3/12/17 killed in action at Ypres Belgium buried at the Buttes New British Cemetery (NZ) Memorial, Belgium. Private Claude William Moore, age 29.Died 7/2/1918 from wounds. Buried at Canterbury Cemetery, Kent, England. Auckland Regiment Private Kenneth Cranly Warin, age unknown. Died 18/11/1918. Buried in Warkworth Anglican Cemetery. Served in Egypt, Gallipoli, and the Western Front. Brown. No reference. (There are numerous Browns mentioned in Commonwealth War Graves Commission but it is difficult to identify the Warkworth one). (The following four Warkworth soldiers all died on the same day – 12 October 1917 at Passchendaele, New Zealand’s darkest hour.) Private Ernest John Miller, age 22. Buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium. Otago Regiment. Private Robert James Warr, age 26. Buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium. Otago Regiment Private Arthur Thomas Llewell, age unknown. Brother to James Llewell, killed at the Somme one year earlier. Buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery. Canterbury Regiment Rifleman Samuel Roland Viall, age 26. Buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery. NZ Rifle Brigade

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Internet marketing goes Local in north Daily online deals are nothing new, but their relevance and convenience to people outside of Auckland can be limited. For that reason, the Warkworth-based website Local Matters has launched its own version of the online trading model, which will be similar, but different. The first deals went live on May 29. Local Matters general manager Jannette Thompson says “cheep cheep, Local Deals” is about filling a gap in the market. “Fifty percent off a haircut or car service sounds great, but not if you live in Wellsford or Matakana and have to drive to East Tamaki to claim it,” she says. “Local Deals is about giving local businesses – large and small – the opportunity to offer special deals to their local market. “If people in Auckland want to claim the deals as well, so much the better.” But unlike other online deal traders, Local Deals won’t be clicking the ticket along the way. There will be a minimal set charge to load a Local Deal, regardless of how many sales the offer generates. There will be 12 deals a week – six running from Thursday to Saturday and six running from Sunday to Wednesday – and they will cover businesses in the area between Silverdale and Waipu/Mangawhai. Jannette hopes “cheep cheep, Local

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Probus marks 25th milestone Rodney MP Mark Mitchell was the guest speaker at an anniversary lunch held at the Salty Dog Inn recently to celebrate the Mahurangi Probus Club’s first 25 years. Mr Mitchell spoke about his early life with New Zealand Police, including his time as a dog handler, and then the eight years he spent as an international hostage negotiator working in challenging areas such as Iraq. Mahurangi Probus was established in April 1989 under the auspices of the Warkworth Rotary Club. Current Rotary Club president Nick Hadley presented a congratulatory certificate acknowledging the anniversary to Bethea Frost, the club’s first woman president. Six past presidents were at the function and spoke on some of the events that had occurred during their time in office. The Mahurangi club has a mixed membership of just over 100. Meetings are held at the Mahurangi East Community Centre, in Snells Beach, on the first Wednesday of the month, starting at 9.45am. Visitors welcome.

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Wellsford market remains bouyant Over the past three years, Wellsford and its surrounding rural areas have experienced an exceptional rise in property values from the slump of the global financial crisis. Andrew Steens, franchise owner for Mike Pero Real Estate in Northern Rodney, says only 28 homes sold in the area during the depths of the crisis in 2011, at an average price of $255,009. This was 8.6 per cent below the average Government rating valuation (now called CV) carried out in mid-2011 on those homes. “By 2012, the market started to improve, with 48 home sales in the area, at an average price of $245,646, which was three per cent over the 2011 average CV,” Andrew says. “By last year, the average price for the nearly 80 homes sold in and around Wellsford had gone up to $301,659, which was slightly more than 20 per cent over the 2011 CV. Andrew says recent reports that Wellsford values have declined are misleading. “In the first three months of this year, for the 15 homes sold, the average sale price of $288,400 was lower than last year. But, in fact, the statistics are skewed by the higher-than-normal number of lower value homes that were on the market during that quarter.” Andrew, who carries out as many as 20 appraisals a week for his agency, says that it is more accurate to compare price changes to average CV. “On this basis, the average price has in fact risen to 26 per cent above CV,” he says. “We’re still appraising homes on the assumption that the market is still rising, although it is much slower than last year’s dramatic increase.” Local agent Debra Fokkema, from Mike Pero Real Estate, sold one-third of the total Wellsford area sales last year so has a good knowledge of where the buyers are coming from and what they are looking for.

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Grange development raises questions on retail zones listed as permitted. Cr Webster says the development as proposed is likely to have more than a minor impact on the town, so it is unlikely to be given a non-notified consent. “It’s not a minor matter.” She says the development is still at an early stage so it is difficult to say what it will look like and what issues may arise. Warkworth Area Business Association (WABA) chair Rachel Callender says more development is bound to come to Warkworth, but a plan is needed to ensure developments are in the best interests of the town. WABA has recently conducted a consumer survey of Warkworth and has found maintaining the character of the township is a high priority. Any development needs to be managed in a way that will maintain the look and feel of the town. But there are mixed views on having more retail chains here. Businesses in the area are concerned about increased competition, but the consumer survey found people want more variety and don’t want to have to travel to Silverdale to shop. There also seems to be a split between those who want to see more chain stores and those who want don’t. “It’s about striking a balance. ‘With strong population growth forecasted for Warkworth, infrastructure is also in dire need of being upgraded. I think we’ve been let down by a legacy of poor town planning,” Rachel says. “What ever happens, it is important the public views are taken into account. “We support it being notified so people have an opportunity to have their say.” The community is having their say about The Grange online. View comments with this story at localmatters.co.nz

Warkworth business survey to be released The Warkworth Area Business Association (WABA) will present findings of a survey this month as the association investigates the level of support for a Business Improvement District (BID). A BID would allow Auckland Council to impose a targeted rate on all businesses, which would then be spent on promoting growth. WABA received feedback from 211 Warkworth businesses, from a total of about 290. Initial results from the survey have found about half of respondents support a new resourced structure for the association and about 20 per cent don’t. Before a decision is made on whether to move forward with a BID, further investigation will be done to flesh out the reasons for the opposition. A final decision will be made in August. WABA chair Rachel Callender says the association has nearly 100 members who pay a $200 membership a year, but the association runs on a shoestring budget. She says the association is limited by the number of hours volunteers can put in, but a BID would allow the association to lobby for better outcomes for businesses. The results of the survey will be presented at Bridgehouse Lodge on June 11 at 5.30. There is a $10 fee for non-members.

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The founder of one of New Zealand’s largest inflatable boat companies is setting up a business in Ahuroa. Neil Curtling founded boat manufacturer, Southern Pacific, in 1994 after working in the industry for a decade. The company soon became one of New Zealand’s largest boat brands, exporting to the US, the UK, Canada and Australia. Neil has since sold Southern Pacific and is starting an inflatable boat business, N & K Consultancy & Imports which is currently focusing on re-tubes and repairs for inflatables, but will soon expand into boat manufacturing. “I’ve designed a range of boats from 2.5 metres to nine metres, and the machinery to manufacture them is on its way,” he says. “Boat repair work tends to taper off in the winter, so the two elements should work together nicely.” The new company allows him to run the business from home, with his wife Kathy doing the administration, sales and marketing. “Repairing boats is a good motivator for producing boats which are built to last. “Most of New Zealand’s inflatables are imported from China and are glued together, which limits their lifespan.” Neil has developed a method where the

Rob Lees is fulfilling a long time dream, moving from Christchurch to start his own butcher shop in Warkworth. Warkworth Butchery opened in the Stubbs Butcher building last month. “It’s a bit of a punt, but I couldn’t have put myself in a better spot,” he says. Rob grew up in Christchurch where he worked as a butcher for 14 years, managing a small family butcher. While his shop was relatively unscathed in the earthquakes, friends and family had a tough time. He says the boom in property prices also made it difficult to secure a family home. “That’s ultimately why we’ve moved. It’s difficult to get a foot in the door when you have three kids and want to be near good schools.” Rob discovered the Farm Butcher in Warkworth was closing its doors when he was visiting family in the area, although he had looked at the business when it was for sale in 2010. The Stubbs building has housed a butchery for more than 90 years and is a landmark in the community. “In other shops you’re just waiting in a line to be served but in a butchery, people talk to one another and bounce cooking ideas off each other. It’s all about creating an atmosphere for people to interact in.”

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material is welded together, which he says produces a stronger construction, as well as a boat that is lighter than anything else on the market. His experience in the industry has also taken him to Fiji. He says working in the heat and humidity was a challenge and he had to take the boat into a nearby brewery to find the right environment for the glue to dry.

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Rob is already looking to invest back into the community and has a barbeque available for sausage sizzle fundraisers. In the meantime, he is enjoying the local lifestyle. “I went fishing with my brother on the weekend and caught two fish. I haven’t done that in years.” He is looking forward to exploring the area when his family move north in a couple of months.

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Crew Cut Rodney North After three years of managing a drilling company in Mexico, Dave Waller and his wife Linda say they have finally found a way to live and work in paradise, after moving to their bach at Omaha. Dave started a Crew Cut lawn mowing franchise in April and Linda is managing holiday homes through the company Bach Care, a holiday home rental company. They say it’s turned into a symbiotic relationship, with many holiday homes needing their lawns mown and gardens looked after, and visa versa. Dave has worked in the corporate world, in marketing and business development, and has also run his own businesses. He became a shareholder in a Mexican drilling company, which drilled exploratory sites to mine gold, silver, copper and other metals. Four years ago he was asked to move to Mexico and manage the business. “The lifestyle in Mexico was fantastic, but drug trafficking and corruption made some areas incredibly dangerous,” he says. “There were a few close calls in isolated areas of Mexico, where the drug cartels are effectively the law. “They just want to check out who you are to ensure that you’re not moving in on their turf.” Mowing lawns is a welcome change,

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EmployErs…. Are your workplaces healthy and safe? Worksafe NZ has taken the lead to improve this country’s poor health & safety record. New legislation will be out by the end of the year; however legislation alone will not improve your workplace H & S performance. Employers need to be committed and take action to bring about the changes. What can you do? • A good place to start is to view your historical “ACC claims records” and see what really has been happening and what employee claims are really costing your business? • Then put in place H & S systems and processes customized to your business. • Need help getting started?

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Gill Warren Smith & Warren Ltd ARMCHAIR TRAVEL to CUBA - winter lecture #1 Trish Allen will take you to the lush island of Cuba vibrant culture, resilient people, ageing leadership a picture talk in Warkworth on 18 June Wednesday

Join permaculturist Trish and designer Gill Warren at lunch time with bowl of soup or early evening with bowl of soup and glass of wine Times, venue and costs and additional lectures to come.

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Large vivid canvases of NZ rural scenes dominate an exhibition, which opened at Art Matakana, at the Matakana Country Park, on May 24. The That’s Country exhibition features the work of three artists – Helena Blair, of Warkworth; Carole Hughes, from Cambridge; and Donna Massey, from Riverhead. Helena says the large works are a departure from her normal medium, which is oil pastel and gouache on paper and acrylic on canvas. Carole has a passion for colour and Fauve Art, and her paintings are influenced by her travels through Italy, France, Serbia, Bosnia and Spain. Donna paints in oils using transparent/opaque qualities and applies many layers to a single painting. As a result, she often has as many as 14 works on the go at any one time. Artist Helena Blair (left) is pictured with Lenie Zuurmond, of Omaha, at the opening of the exhibition, which finishes on June 20. That’s Country • Art Matakana • until June 20


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Household Water Deliveries 0800 747 928 mobile: 027 556 6111

CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING APPLIANCE REPAIRS A SMART REPAIR Service for F&P smartdrive washers, F&P/Simpson dryers. Same day service 09 423 9660 or 021 168 7349.

DRIVEWAYS MAINTENANCE Grading, Rolling & Metalling for rural Driveways. No job to BIG or small. Ph Bruce 425 7766.

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EQUESTRIAN SAFE DESTINATION. Natural hoof trimming. Horse starting. Trans-portation. Ph Nathan 027 678 3865

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Mahurangi Matters - 4 June 2014

CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING FOR SALE

HOME MAINTENANCE

HAY - NEW SEASONS Top quality, no kikuyu, $10-$12 a bale. Phone 09 4257479 or 0274970980.

WATER PUMPS Low water pressure? Get it sorted. Sales, service and installation. Work guaranteed. Steve 09 945 2282 ww.purewaterservices.co.nz STEVE’S MAINTENANCE lawns, hedges, waterblasting, rubbish removal, section clearing, property maintenance. No job too big or small. Phone Steve 029 770 7101 or 09 425 9966. Serving Warkworth, Snells, Matakana, Sandspit. LAWNMOWING & SECTION MAINTENANCE SERVICE Rubbish removal, weed control, water blasting, decks, drives, paths, fence painting & repairs. Warkworth - Matakana & Beaches. Jeff is reliable and punctual. Phone 027 425 7357 or 425 7357.

RAWLEIGH Products. Ph Pat 425 8851

ICONIC BOOkSHOP FOR SALE

Open since 1989, this Warkworth bookshop is well known for it’s great prices, and HUGE range of pre-loved and new books. With great atmosphere and comfy chairs this bookshop is loved by all who visit. Do you love books & want a change? Phone Martin 0222 762 333

START STITCHING QUILT FABRIC SALE

Friday June 6, 2014 9.30am–3pm Shoesmith Hall

(previously Womens Bowling Club)

Shoesmith Street Latest designs $19.50 per metre Fat quarters $5 • Specials from $8– $12 Also available: Wide backings 108” Steam a Seam – Modern Morris & Kaffe • Fasset Fat Quarters. Ph 021 429 449 No EFTPOS available BOUTIQUE BAkERY/kITCHEN FOR SALE Totally gluten-free, A-graded, commercial kitchen/bakery with small retail shop attached. With today’s increasing focus on specialised dietary requirements the sky is the limit. It would suit someone with a passion for great, healthy food, who has the energy and drive to take this business to the next level. Phone Nicole 021419518 HAND CRAFTED BEVERAGES (Home Brew) Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cheese and Preserving supplies available at Woodys Winners, 221 Rodney St, Wellsford Ph 09 423 8258

GARAGE SALES GARAGE SALE 2 Hauraki Road, Leigh (inside shed). Saturday 7th of June. Good quality used items. Women’s European fashion, magazines, homeware. Including interesting pile of $1 items. 8am - 12 noon

HEALTH SERVICES PAIN RELIEF Contact C.A.R.E. Injury & pain release therapy. Advanced practitioner. Susan Maynard. Ph 027 358 1541 www.edens.co.nz

HOME MAINTENANCE HANDYMAN – THE MAINTENANCE MAN Your one stop fix-it-man. Phone Jim 422 3725 or 021 254 2048 or visit www.themaintenancemanjim.co.nz LAWNS - Contouring, prepping and laying. Owner/operator 25+yrs experience. For complete quality projects phone Bruce (09) 425 7766. WATER FILTERS Underbench filters & whole house Ultra violet filters – Kill and remove ecoli/bacteria. FREE site visits. Ph Steve 09 945 2282 or visit www.purewaterservices.co.nz CHIMNEY SWEEPING SERVICES Call Nathan 027 678 3865

MEMORIAL

IN LOVING MEMORY

of Jacko

Passed away 6 years ago. Always loved by Wiki and families.

Advertise your classifieds and church notices here for only

$4.40 per line or $11.20 per/cm inc GST for boxed adverts. SITUATIONS VACANT

INTERMEDIATE/SENIOR PLANNER CONTRACT POSITION Warkworth based O’Connor Planning Consultants undertakes a wide variety of planning work including policy development, resource consents processing, lodging of applications for a variety of private clients and the provision of expert evidence at hearings and the Environment Court. Applications are invited from experienced and highly motivated Planners seeking a contract work opportunity in one of New Zealand’s fastest growing and most attractive areas. The position will provide opportunity for job flexibility with a wide range of work experience within a small, friendly and professional team. Your attitude and outlook is critical because each person in our team matters – the right person will be enthusiastic, customer focused, pay attention to detail and be solutions orientated. The following key skills and experience are required: • A relevant tertiary qualification in Resource Management; • 3 or more years experience in environmental planning practice; • Full membership, or eligibility for full membership, to the NZPI; • Excellent written and oral communication skills; • The ability to work independently and as part of a team; • A professional attitude and approach to all aspects of employment. Please contact Burnette O’Connor (021 422 346 or 09 422 3336) if you wish to discuss this opportunity further. Applications should be sent by email to burnette@opc.net.nz no later than Monday 16th June 2014.

TUITION

AGM WARkWORTH & DISTRICT MUSEUM Sunday 15 June 2pm at the museum Guest Speaker - Greg Sayer

SITUATIONS VACANT LEADERS / REPS Urgently needed in the area for Avon. FREE start up kit provided. Full training. Great additional income. Contact Nish 021 747 719 / nishani@xtra.co.nz OFFICE MANAGER/ADMIN SUPPORT We have a role for the right person to join our dynamic planning consultancy team in Warkworth. The required hours are 9am - 3pm Monday to Friday. We need an adaptable team player who pays attention to detail and has excellent written and oral communication skills. An aptitude for learning with a focus on efficiency and the use of a variety of cloud based computing systems is required. Please apply in writing: burnette@opc.net.nz or O’Connor Planning Consultants Ltd PO Box 591, Warkworth 0941 Please mark all correspondence Office Manager/Admin Support. Applications close Fri 13 June 2014

WORk SCHOOL HOURS Cleaning nice family homes Minimum 10 hours/wk. Week days including Thur, Fri. Stress free. Car & good English essential. Earn $18-37 per hour. Free call ph 083244558 www.abdom.co.nz

TUITION GUITAR TUITION Spaces available for private lessons in Central Warkworth area. Contact Danny 021 902 526, 09 422 3458 for more information or see www.musicminds.co.nz

PUBLIC NOTICES

HOTEO NORTH SCHOOL SOCIETY INC. AGM

Monday June 9, 7.30pm Hoteo North Hall All community members welcome. HOUSIE, HOUSIE, HOUSIE Warkworth RSA downstairs meeting room, 1.30pm start June 11th & 25th 2014 FREE INFORMATION EVENING Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Myanmar. Tuesday 17 June 5.30pm. Guest speaker and past travellers share their experiences. RSVP by 13 June – seats are limited. World Travellers Warkworth Tel: 09 425 8009.

TV SERVICES & SALES

ADULT UkULELE LESSONS Warkworth, absolute beginners. Ph. Kathy 021 902 736. forbsey@xtra.co.nz

Nanny & More! Quality full-time local courses for nanny & childcare careers Call Amanda now for free info! 424 3055 nannyacademy.ac.nz

PUBLIC NOTICES HOUSIE, HOUSIE, HOUSIE Warkworth RSA downstairs meeting room, 1.30pm start June 11th & 25th 2014

ALL FREEVIEW INSTALLATIONS Dish, Aerial, Additional Outlet .. THE TV MAN IS THE ONE! FREE QUOTE Call JIM THE MAINTENANCE MAN 021 254 2048 or visit www.themaintencemanjim.co.nz FREEVIEW TV, Audio, Installation, Faults & Supply. Andrew 021 466 394 or 422 2221. TV SERVICES Aerials, Dishes, Freeview sales, installation and service. Extra outlets. Serving the area for 18 years. Phone Gavin 027 476 6115.

AERIAL & SATELLITE DISH INSTALLATIONS

Professional Installation of Satellite Dishes and Freeview UHF Aerials. Wall mount TV Installations, Multi-room Solutions. Audio and Home Theatre. TV Tuning Services. Phone 425 5431.


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Mahurangi Matters - 4 June 2014

CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING

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$4.40 per line or $11.20 per/cm inc GST for boxed adverts. CHURCH NOTICES

PUBLIC NOTICES

Changes to Auckland’s water and wastewater charges Watercare would like to advise its customers that the amount they pay for mains-connected water and wastewater services will change from 1 July 2014. The price change is the first in two years and will see the average household’s combined water and wastewater charges increase by less than $2 per month.

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Phone 425 8545

www.holyname.org.nz

Holy Mass Timetable: WARKWORTH

Holy Name Church, 6 Alnwick Street Saturday Vigil: 6.00pm Sunday: 10.30am

PUHOI

New charges Domestic customers

Non-domestic customers

Water

Water

Volumetric charge: Increases from $1.343 to $1.375 per 1,000 litres This equates to an increase of $0.000032 per litre of water.

Volumetric charge: Increases from $1.343 to $1.375 per 1,000 litres. This equates to an increase of $0.000032 per litre of water.

Wastewater

Wastewater

Customers who have water meters: • Fixed charge per meter: Increases from $190 to $195 per year • Volumetric charge: Increases from $2.281 to $2.336 per 1,000 litres

Fixed and volumetric wastewater charges will increase by an average of 2.4 per cent.

Customers who do not have a metered water supply but are connected to the wastewater network: • Fixed charge per meter: Increases from $582 to $596 per year

The charges will be standardised into four pricing plans under the new non-domestic wastewater tariff, which will replace the 44 tariffs currently in effect. Actual price changes will depend on each customer’s selected plan.

The infrastructure growth charge (a one-off fee paid by any customer requiring a new connection or by non-domestic customers increasing a property’s demand for water or wastewater services) will increase from $9,775 to $12,075 for metropolitan customers and by an average of 2.4 per cent for non-metropolitan customers, depending on location All prices are inclusive of GST and are effective from 1 July 2014*. *Excluding the changes to non-domestic wastewater prices, which are effective from the start of each customer’s billing cycle in July 2014.

Watercare operates at minimum cost with all collected revenue invested in infrastructure and equipment or in operating costs. The new prices are in response to cost increases in both of these areas. To find out more about why we’ve made these changes and what they mean for you, visit our website www.watercare.co.nz (business or residential tabs > water and wastewater charges) or call (09) 442 2222 Monday to Friday 7.30am to 6pm.

CASH PAID TOOLS & Machinery, Shed & garage clearouts. All things considered. Call or txt 021 161 5139. SECOND HAND GOODS - Glenfield Trading wants to buy second hand goods. Servicing surrounding Warkworth area. Ph Graham on 09 443 6013. CARS WANTED Any cars, any condition. Top $$$ paid. Ph/txt 021 857 007.

WORk WANTED CARPENTER Fences • Decks • Maintenance, etc • Pensioner Rates • Jobs Big or Small. Ph Bryan 431 3101 021 025 76521

SERVICES PLASTERER Is your house in need of a face lift – modernise your home – wallpaper removal, skim coat walls, square stop, cornice, cove, skim coat block walls, supply and stop gib, insurance repairs, phone Jason on 021 429 317 Wellplastered@ihug.co.nz

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS If you want to drink that’s your business, if you want to stop, we can help! 0800 AA WORKS (0800 229 6757) OR 09 366 6688 Sponsored by Mahurangi Matters

SS. Peter & Paul Church Sunday: 8.30am

Warkworth Anglican Parish Church Services Christ Church, Church Hill, Warkworth

Every Sunday 8am and 9.30am St. Leonard's, Matakana

1st and 3rd Sundays at 9.30am Snells Beach Community Church

2nd Sunday at 9am

St.Alban's, Kaipara Flats

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St.Michael and All Angels, Leigh

3rd Sunday at 11.00am

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All Sundays in January, 2012 10am

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1 Hexham Street, Warkworth Parish Office: Ph 425 8660 Sunday Service 10.30am Hall Bookings PH 425 8053

snell’s Beach Community Church

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New Puhoi Museum frustrated by delays Rodney dog Designs for a new museum in Puhoi are underway, but uncertainty remains over whether it will be built on Auckland Council land in the village. Puhoi Historical Society president Sue Tisdall has been trying to secure Council land on Ahuroa Road, opposite Puhoi Motors on the Puhoi River, for more than a year. “It feels like it keeps going round in circles. The people we deal with keep changing, and everytime a new person starts, we seem to start the process all over again,” Sue says. Sue is meeting Council representatives this month when she hopes a decision will be made. Frustrated by the lack of progress, she has started the planning and design phase of the museum to “get things moving”. Keith Hay Homes has been contracted to design the building. She believes that a kit-set type building, which can be built off site and trucked in, will minimise disruption in the village. The final design will be decided in consultation with the community. The 120m2 building is expected to cost about $250,000, with the total cost of securing land and fitting out the building estimated at $600,000. A sign tracking the fundraising progress has been installed with $38,000 already raised. The museum is currently housed

bylaw delayed

Puhoi Historical Society president Sue Tisdall, in Bohemian attire, is encouraging the community to get behind the Puhoi Museum project.

in a building owned by the Catholic Church but its collection has outgrown the space. “The building also needs strengthening so we simply have to move.” Although the lease has expired, they have been allowed to remain on the site until the new museum is built. The museum has had a bumper year and group tours last month were booked out nearly a month in advance. But the popularity of the museum was starting to stretch the five volunteers

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who run it, so it would be great to have more people involved, Sue says. If you would like to volunteer at the Puhoi Museum email bohemiansettlersmuseum@gmail.com A dance is being held at the Puhoi Hall on Saturday June 28 to celebrate the villages 151st anniversary and to fundraise for the new museum. The Blue Jays will be playing to get the crowd to the dance floor. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets $10. Bookings 422 0183 (evenings)

Dog owners will have to wait another year before changes are made to extend the time dogs are allowed on certain Rodney beaches. Dog owner lobby group Dog Friends Rodney wanted changes to the beach access times and season rule to be fast-tracked so they could enjoy less restricted access by next summer. But members of the Rodney Local Board say if the changes are made this year, it could cost the board an extra $70,000. They decided to implement the new rule on Labour weekend next year. The time and season rule regulates the hours dogs are allowed on 12 Rodney beaches. Currently, in Rodney, dogs are not allowed on beaches between 9am and 7pm during summer months, but the changes will see that reduced to 10am to 5pm. The restriction period will also be shortened by six weeks. The changes come after Auckland Council sought to coordinate dog policies across the region in 2012. While the Hibiscus Bays Local Board introduced new times last year, the Rodney board delayed until the results of a wider review of dog bylaws was completed. The report is due in September. Board member Steve Garner says implementing the changes this year would mean doubling up on consultation costs.

www.localmatters.co.nz Top 10 viewed stories in May 1. Blaze destroys Rams clubrooms 2. Fourth retail zone planned for Warkworth 3. Drug dogs coming to Mahurangi College 4. Kasper family reunites 5. Mahurangi West loo with a spectacular view 6. Money no object as Unitary Plan costs approach $30 million 7. King George’s headache finally over 8. Local Folk: Tony Gibbs retired businessman 9. Warkworth to star in TV series 10. Neville Street retail expansion

Mahurangi Matters 09 425 9068 • Hibiscus Matters 09 427 8188


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Lending a hand for Hospice Les Greenwood was shopping at the Hospice garage sale on a recent Wednesday when he noticed four ‘old guys’ lifting furniture into the Hospice van. He gave them a hand and a couple of weeks later became a regular volunteer on Warkworth Wellsford Hospice’s furniture collection and delivery team. A retired builder, Les is used to the camaraderie of workmates but he has plenty to keep him busy on his one-acre section and says he loves being at home. “I’m involved in one of the local churches and one of the things we like to do is help in the community,” he says. “So when I saw that they were short of guys at the garage sales, I thought I’d come and give them a hand. “They’re good blokes to work with and good company.” The garage sale on the corner of Woodcocks Rd and Morrison Drive every Wednesday morning is an important part of the Hospice’s fundraising. With government funding covering only a quarter of the organisation’s operational costs, it needs to raise $700,000 a year. Funds raised ensure the Hospice can offer free care to anyone diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, regardless of their circumstances. Hospice provides a range of professional care

including home visits by palliative care nurses, counselling for patients and family members, advice on benefit entitlements, equipment loans, group support and massage therapy. General manager Kathryn Ashworth says Hospice’s volunteers work more than 25,000 hours a year, not only in fundraising operations and events,

They’re good blokes to work with and good company.

but also to support patients and families with companionship, respite care, transport and life story writing. Volunteers also serve on the Hospice’s Advisory Board. With many volunteers now in their 70s and 80s, staff are concerned for their wellbeing and would like more volunteers to share the workload, especially with the lifting required in the garage sale. Hospice is looking for physically fit people – and someone with computer or electronics experience – willing to work with the garage sale team for a few hours a week. For more information call John McEwing on 425 9535 or 021 2178014, or email john.mcewing@hospicehouse.org.nz

New volunteer Les Greenwood (left) helps veteran volunteer Kevin Dixon prepare for Warkworth Wellsford Hospice’s weekly garage sale.

CALLING ALL LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS AND NOT-FOR-PROFITS If your organisation is looking for support, funds, mentoring or just plain help, here is a major opportunity The combined Service Clubs in the Warkworth and Wellsford areas are hosting their annual ‘Rotary Lions Den’. All community groups and not-for-profit organisations in the area will have the opportunity to present their hopes and challenges to a panel of members of the service clubs. As a result, we’ll get a clearer idea of the needs of the local community groups, and be able to channel our funds and efforts into a wider range of good causes. The application process will be quite informal, but starts now! In the first instance, produce a single page A4-sized summary which includes the name and contact details of your organisation, your aims and objective, and a summary of the type of help you are looking for. Please also include the steps you’ve already taken to meet those objectives. Send this summary to warkworthrotary@gmail.com Selected groups will then be invited to present to the Panel. Watch this space for further announcements.

Warkworth Rotary

Warkworth Lions

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History

Judy Waters, Warkworth & District Museum www.wwmuseum.orconhosting.net.nz

Warkworth & District Museum In our modern museum buildings we are proud of the constantly developing and changing displays which give you an insite into the lives and pursuits of the pioneering families of the district. From the past to the present you will enjoy your time with us. We look forward to your visit.

Please present this advert to admit 2 adults for the price of 1 Open 7 Days, Monday to Sunday 10am – 3pm Parry Kauri Park, Tudor Collins Drive (Off Wilson Road, Warkworth) Ph: 09 425 7093 | Email: warkworthmuseum@xtra.co.nz | www.wwmuseum.orconhosting.net.nz

Where would we be without the Lions? support our community through the lions cluB warkworth if you have 1 hour per week to help with community projects for Schools • Playgrounds • Jane Gifford • Scouts Warkworth wharf • Take a kid fishing • “Sight first” Cement works walkway • Camp Bentzon

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425 8143

richard Davies

425 6128

angela taylor

425 0595

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new members, new blood, new ideas The club covers WarkWorTh, snells and algies, omaha, PoinT Wells, leigh, kaiPara FlaTs and scoTTs landing.

Pat Marks and Pat Torrington - sandwich makers.

I am a volunteer Recently I was asked the question: “Do you still work?” My answer was: “Yes, I am a Wednesday Worker at the museum.” “Oh, you don’t get paid then?” said my enquirer. “Not with money,” I said. “I am a volunteer.” Yesterday, being Wednesday, I questioned my fellow workers at the morning tea break on their reasons for volunteering to work at the museum. A spirited discussion followed showing that all present had a passion for the work they were doing whether it was preserving the fine fabric of a vintage garment, collecting items and using them to create displays, finding safe storage for a valuable artefact or restoring a piece of machinery which would otherwise have been scrap metal. A few of the Wednesday volunteers are long-time residents born and bred here, some are new to the area and for some New Zealand is their adopted country. But all agreed that the enjoyment of working with like-minded people and the satisfaction of giving something back to the community more than compensated for the time given. The various departments that make up the museum give scope for volunteers to make use of special skills acquired during a life-time, and each contributes to make up the whole package, part of which people see when they visit the museum. Not so obvious is the constant sorting, photographing and storing that goes on behind the scenes. The visitors themselves are also of interest as many of them are from overseas and the volunteers who are rostered to take charge of the entrance and museum shop enjoy many interesting international exchanges. The museum is not static. It has embraced modern technology and computers have been installed to assist with research, as well as keeping track of the many items in its care. Volunteers are using their skills to restore and digitise the photograph collection and research facilities are now available to the archivists who each week answer queries from the public. The Wednesday team are only part of the total museum work force. On special days an army of helpers arrives to serve food, man stalls, direct parking and activate vintage machinery. The place is buzzing with activity. Over the years many people have given their time to build up the asset we have today and the present volunteers are adding their contribution, in their turn, for the benefit of those who follow after us. If you are interested in local history and have some free time perhaps volunteering at the museum could be for you. For more information, phone 425 7093.


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To all our wonderful, dedicated

HOSPICE

A metal collection on Mike Budgen’s Matakana property is raising funds for Hospice.

Matakana metal makes money A Matakana man is helping locals dispose of their scrap metal in a way that helps their community. Mike Budgen has been inviting residents to put unwanted metal and old car batteries into a skip bin on his property at 31 Ward Road. He sells the scrap to a dealer and donates the proceeds to a chosen charity. In the last year he raised around $2000 for local causes including a community garden. Mike is currently donating the

scrap metal proceeds to Warkworth Wellsford Hospice. The Hospice supports patients who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, and helps their families deal with the practical, emotional and spiritual challenges involved in caring for a loved one who is dying. Mike says he is happy to collect large items that people can’t manage on their own. Contact him on 021 1781416 or call Hospice House on 425 9535.

shop staff • goods sorters • garage sale teams event helpers • family supporters • maintenance man • caterers • tradespeople complimentary therapists fundraisers • community groups • life story writers office workers • rag cutters • lawn mower gardeners • craftspeople • advisory board • bakers

We couldn’t do it without you

THANK YOU!

Phone 09 425 9535 • www.warkworthwellsfordhospice.co.nz

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littlekiwi Breakfast club gets more kids in Wellsford classrooms 

Up to 70 pupils have joined Wellsford School’s new breakfast programme and school attendance is at its highest level in years. Principal Dave Bradley says the school started the KickStart Breakfast Club at the start of Term 2 to meet a need. “We regularly see kids who come to school hungry, and this can affect their concentration and behaviour,” he says. Mr Bradley says that while some children may be hungry because there is little food in the house, others can be missing breakfast because they have to catch an early bus to school. “With morning tea not until 11am, it’s a long time for a little stomach to go without food,” he says. The school started getting food for student lunches at the start of the year as part of the KidsCan programme, but this term decided to offer breakfasts as part of the KickStart initiative, funded by Fonterra, Sanitarium and the government. A member of the community has also donated $1000 each term to fund Milo, seeds for the garden and for cooking appliances. The results speak for themselves, Mr Bradley says. Behaviour is improving and attendance is at 94 per cent. “That’s the best it’s been in the six years I’ve been here.” Board member and breakfast

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Wellsford pupils Summer Edwards (left) and Manaia Kapea enjoy the breakfast programme.

coordinator Sarah Walsh says between 50 and 70 kids are coming in each morning for a breakfast of Weet-Bix, toast and baked beans. That’s about 20 per cent of the 338 pupils on the school roll. “It’s taken off,” Sarah says. “At first, the biggest challenge was trying to make the breakfasts as inclusive as possible.

“There was a bit of an impression that it was ‘just for the poor kids’, but now there’s less of a stigma attached. “We are pushing the message that if you’ve got a grumbling tummy in the morning, then come in and get something to eat.” The school is also looking at getting parents to help students with

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A Warkworth mothers support group is expanding north to Wellsford and Mangawhai, but a lack of funding means the future of the Warkworth service is uncertain. Childbirth educator Danielle Stapleton started the group two years ago to help mothers who suffer form post-natal distress. But soon the work of the group expanded to help with a range issues. “The needs of the mothers varied and not all involved a medical condition so we’ve adapted to offer support in a range of areas,” Danielle says. “The group is a place for mums to share the issues they have and support each other.” Danielle meets with about 12 mothers each week at the Rodney Women’s Centre and has recently expanded the service to Mangawhai and Wellsford through a Waitemata Primary Health Organisation (PHO) funding initiative. However, the PHO funding doesn’t cover the Warkworth group, which has been funded by Warkworth Plunket. That funding ran out the end of May and no new funding is available. The group has applied for grant funding, but nothing has been confirmed at this stage. “We’ve just been crossing our fingers and hoping for the best. We may just be running on a month-to-month basis for a while. We’re hopefully that it will survive.” Danielle says that for some mothers, the service can be a lifeline.

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“There are quite a few isolated mothers in the area, especially those who have just moved or who have been working elsewhere and haven’t built up a support network. “Loneliness is a big issue. But a lot of people find the support of other mums is enough to keep them feeling balanced and prevents them from becoming depressed.” The mothers support group meets at the Rodney Women’s Centre on Thursdays, 10.30am-12.30pm, in Wellsford at the Heritage Rest Home on Wednesdays, 10.30am-12.30pm and under the Mangawhai Domain Hall on Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm. Info: Danielle 027 425 5124

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Volunteers from seven to 70 turned out to help plant around 900 trees in Parry Kauri Park, neighbouring Warkworth Museum, last month. The working bee was an opportunity for young families to make a lasting legacy to Warkworth. As one mother observed, “how often does a child get to plant a kauri tree and then come back years later and know that it was their efforts that made it happen?” The tree planting was organised by the Kauri and Native Bushmen’s Association with trees grown by association members, as well as about 600 manuka seedlings supplied by Auckland Council. Pictured helping with the planting are Maiya, 5, and Eli Johns, 3. A further 400 trees will be planted on June 8, at 10am. All welcome. Info: Ray Jensen phone 425 8391.

Budget funds family initiatives Rodney families will be better off thanks to last month’s Budget, according to Rodney MP Mark Mitchell. “Children and families have been put at the heart of the new spending in the budget with an emphasis on health, education and paid parental leave,” he says. The budget promises free GP visits and prescriptions for children under 13 and extended paid parental leave from 14 to 18 weeks, and expanded eligibility. The current 14-week paid

parental leave scheme extension starts on April 1, next year, with two weeks; and another two weeks start on April 1, 2016. Mr Mitchell says the parental tax credit will increase from $150 to $220 a week and the payment period has been extended from eight to 10 weeks “I’m very pleased that this budget is able to provide additional support for our parents in Rodney who have an incredibly important role in raising our next generation”.

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Plunket calls for volunteers Warkworth Plunket is desperate for volunteers to get a committee back up and running, and make the most of the newly-renovated Plunket building. The Mill Lane building reopened in March after extensive renovations, but it is currently only being used by Plunket nurses. Immediate past president Angela Brangwynne says the Warkworth Plunket Committee ceased about 15 months ago due to a lack of volunteers, which has put the brakes on broader Plunket initiatives. The nurses service runs independently of the committee as part of the government funded Well Child programme, but extra resources and services are now no longer provided. Angela, who was on the committee for six years until her children reached school age, says part of the problem is parents seem to have less time to volunteer. “Often both parents need to be working just to support the family.

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Mahurangi programme starts to stamp out bullying Students at Mahurangi College are the first in New Zealand to adopt a bullying disarmament programme called The String Movement. The movement is a student lead initiative which involves participants wearing yellow string around their wrist, to show they are not ok with bullying. Mahurangi College Year 13 student Liam Bates says the movement started in Australia but soon spread to the US, UK, Russia and South Africa, with great results. “We believe that if we become advocates for the movement we can help empower students to take responsibility for bullying and make a public declaration that it will not be tolerated.” Liam and some fellow Mahurangi College students saw a presentation at the start of the year, run by a group starting a headquarters for the movement in Auckland. “We thought it was a really good idea and wanted to get it up and running.” The level of enthusiasm shown by the students has seen the programme roll out quickly and will serve as a pilot for the movement. A team of students recently made a presentation at the school assembly, showing a short film on bullying and then cut up pieces of string for students to wear to show their support. “It’s a symbol of us all being behind it,” Liam says. Year 13 student Olivia Collier says it had a big impact. “You could hear a pin drop. They really responded to it. Often students don’t want to be involved in something like this, but we’ve had really good feedback which shows people want to make a difference.” “As it isn’t a teacher-driven, top-down approach, it has a bit more credibility and support from students.” A week of events are being held during lunchtimes at

Mahurangi College Year 13 students (from left) Megan Thomson, Liam Bates, Philip Perkins and Olivia Collier have started wearing yellow pieces of string to show their opposition to bullying.

the start of June to help build an inclusive atmosphere at the school and publicise the movement. A dunk tank will be running for seniors and maybe some teachers, there will be a picnic day, and a DJ is coming from Auckland to end the week. “It’s about having fun activities everyone can be part of.”

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Newborns and osteopathy As a physiotherapist and homoeopath I am always interested in finding the best solution possible to address health problems. Sometimes there are things that don’t respond as well as I would like, so finding another solution is paramount. While homeopathy can be brilliant for newborns with colic and similar problems, there are times when there are better methods to solve the problem. Here is a typical case from local osteopath Richard Moon, who has a mountain of experience and lots of success treating newborns. “Mother ‘Janet’ had an uneventful pregnancy. Six weeks ago the birth of her first baby ‘John’ started in a fairly uneventful way at home but after a few hours the process got tougher as the delivery failed to progress. To cut a long story short, ‘John’ was eventually born some hours later in good health but with ‘issues’. “John would occasionally draw his knees up and cry out for no apparent reason and could be inconsolable. He would squirm about in discomfort and often spill after feeding. Frequent bouts of hiccups were an issue and daytime sleeps were patchy. He would demand ‘comfort’ feeding which seemed to lead to him being overfull and spilling more. His poos were becoming increasingly ‘explosive’ and at times were greenish and mucusy. Nighttime sleeps were unsettled and Janet was getting sleep deprived. Her normal balanced diet had gone out of the window as she struggled to cope and the early anticipation of motherhood was being rapidly eroded. Janet was becoming confused by the wealth of well meaning and conflicting advice that she was getting from all directions. “Did I think I could help? The basic story for John is that he was suffering from a combination of nervous system irritation to his gut and diaphragm that led to increased abdominal pressure. This led to reflux and hiccups. Also the increased pressure in his abdomen decreased the normal function of his gut and created some areas of tension – hence the crying out, knees up and dramatic poos. “As the base of his throat became more inflamed from the acid reflux, his ability to lie flat decreased as his stomach contents quietly bubbled up during the night – leading to more pain, more feeding and ... you can guess the rest. “Treatment for John involved calming his sensitised nervous system, through releasing some of the tensions around his head, balancing out the pressures within his abdomen and unwinding some of the torsions of his back and ribcage. Three treatments later and John was much better. The real buzz for me was that finally Janet and John were able to really bond and respond to each other.”

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Warkworth Taekwon-Do strikes gold at tournament Warkworth Taekwon-Do has struck gold at a recent tournament. Seven Warkworth students competed at the Auckland North Regional Tournament at the end of last month and all won medals, including three golds. Adam Herbison started the classes two years ago after the class he was going to in Red Beach closed. “It’s gone well and numbers have increased steadily. We now have 35 members and we’re about to start training kids as young as three,” Adam says. Adam is a black-belt and was Oceania champion in sparring two years ago. He is heading to Rarotonga with assistant-instructor Tash Jones next month to compete in this year’s Oceania Tournament. When they return, the students will be competing in the national championships to see if they can maintain their recent success at a national level. After a number of inquiries from parents, Adam has decided to offer classes for three to six year olds. It’s hard to incorporate younger children into the older groups, but a focused class will better cater for beginners who want to learn a martial art with others at the same level. Adam says the skills they learn have wide benefits. “It is not all about combat – it’s great for balance, discipline and confidence, and it helps them develop motor-skills. “Parents often thank us for the changes

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Cost of school ball preparations worth it, students say The Wellsford Community Centre will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the Rodney College ball at the end of the month. More than 200 Year 11, 12 and 13 students are expected to attend the winter themed ball on June 28. Year 13 students Cory Nicholls and Kimberley Bartlett are on the ball committee and have been busy trying to juggle studies and ball planning, as well as planning their own pre-ball beautification. The event can be an expensive affair for some, but the pair say it’s worth it. They calculate the average cost to students at about $500, but for some that doesn’t even cover their attire for the evening. Cory has purchased a white tux with a price tag of $700, but he says most boys spend around $200 for a tux, with many preferring to buy rather than hirer. Kimberley says most girls spend around $250 on a dress, but some also spend up to $700. Many have also been using the internet to find a deal or something a little different. “Then they cross their fingers that when it arrives it fits,” Kimberley says. Many girls opt to get professional hair and make up done, which can cost about $180. Then there’s planning a ride to the ball. “Last year a couple arrived in a fire truck,” Cory says. “But you don’t have to spend much money if you don’t want to and you will still have a good time,” Kimberley says. Tickets to the ball are $65 and a DJ from Parnell

Rodney College Year 13 students Cory Nicholls and Kimberley Bartlett estimate the average cost of attending the school ball at around $500.

will be providing the entertainment. There will also be a photo booth and a professional photographer to capture the occasion. One highlight will be the traditional ballroom dancing with dance lessons set to begin shortly. “It’s always a laugh. We tend to go back to the boys and girls have cooties phase,” Cory says. The head boy and girl from Mahurangi College, Otamatea College and Bream Bay College are also

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Up In Smoke tour blows into Sawmill British artist plays Ascension concert Tui award-winning band Great North is hitting the road for a national tour with its new album Up In Smoke and will play at Leigh Sawmill on June 7. When the band won Folk Album of the Year at last year’s NZ Music Awards, after being long-listed for a Silver Scroll the previous year, it seemed front-man and songwriter Hayden Donnell had stumbled on the formula to make folk-country resonate with a local audience. But for their follow-up release, Great North reinvented the formula. A lush new sound drives their latest collection of songs. At times it pays homage to classic country, with lonely pedal steel guitars sliding over swaggering rhythms but, just as often, it booms and echoes with a choir and swirling guitars. Band spokesperson Natalie Wilson says Up In Smoke explores the things you lose getting older, moving

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British singer Lloyd Cole will conclude his NZ tour with a concert at Ascension Wine Estate on Sunday June 15. Cole came to prominence in the 1980s with the band the Commotions, releasing hit albums Rattlesnakes and Easy Pieces. His recent release Broken Record also peaked at number 11 on the NZ album charts. He recently performed on the music show Later With Jools Holland promoting the release of his latest album Standards. Los Angeles-based kiwi Greg Johnson will open for Cole, playing a rare solo set. Johnson is a Silverscroll winner and has had eight top 20 albums. The show is at 2pm. Tickets $60 at ticketmaster.co.nz

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City youth choir celebrates The work of NZ composers such as and Rachmaninoff, along with Anthony Ritchie and David Childs contemporary composers, John Rutter will be performed by the Auckland and Eric Whitacre.” Youth Choir at Ascension Wine Estate Jazz and pop choral pieces will also on June 8. be featured, as well as a specially Established in 1984, the choir is commissioned work by up and coming celebrating its 30th birthday with a NZ choral composer, Andrew Baldwin. programme intriguingly entitled Kiwi “We are most fortunate to have Peter As: Music is in our DNA. Watts, well-known in Auckland as A Warkworth Music Society a conductor and musician, to be the spokesperson says the programme guest conductor for this concert. He reflects Kiwi attributes such as is the former musical director of the friendliness and ingenuity, an easy going Auckland Choral Society and assistant nature and love of the environment, conductor of NZ Youth Choir. He is and New Zealanders pride in their also the founder of the choral group Calico Jam, which has performed in country and cultural heritage. “Employing music in a variety of Warkworth in the past.” styles, the concert will feature not only Tickets cost $30 and will be available NZ composers but work by Purcell, at the door. Students are free. Info: Schubert, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Phone 425 7313 or 425 7015. Auckland Youth Choir • Ascension Winery • 8 June, at 4pm

Briefs Tomarata retreat The Antara Retreat in Tomarata will run a free Mindfulness Weekend Retreat for 16 to 30 year olds on June 14 and 15. The programme will include breath work, movement and meditation, mindful juice and green smoothie making. Nilamani Wright from Naam Yoga Auckland will lead a session on Saturday. Info: www.antara.org.nz

Buskers wanted Organisers of the Home Body Beauty Market are looking for buskers for the next market on June 14, at the Masonic Hall in Warkworth. The market runs from 9am-1pm and there will be about 30 stalls selling their wares. Info: Kathy 021 577 789

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Omaha lifesaving club officials seek memorabilia The Omaha Surf Lifesaving Club is on the hunt for past members. Next month the club will mark 25 years as a lifeguard service and as part of the celebrations, it wants to acknowledge the people who were involved in the early years. There are also plans to establish an honours board recognising people who have been important to the club including past club captains and chairpersons. Club spokesperson Ruth Tanner says that with the change of volunteers over the years, the records of who did what and when are fairly vague pre-1995. “We’d like to track down people who might have some information and interesting anecdotes,” she says. Omaha has grown significantly in recent years and currently has 75 registered lifeguards, of which 55 are under 18. “One of our major projects was the construction of the club rooms which now includes a gear shed, extended deck and fully functioning training room. We are a non-profit organisation comprised of highly trained volunteers and supporters. Our primary purpose is to prevent drowning and injury through lifeguard services and education. “We also run a junior surf programme to teach children water and surf safety, and how to have fun in and around water. In the last two seasons, we have had a huge increase in teenage members training and becoming lifeguards.” Ruth says the club has created

The Omaha Surf Club was only a few years old when this photo was taken. If you were associated with the club when it formed, then organisers of the 25th anniversary would like to hear from you.

opportunities for young guards to pursue coaching and instructing pathways with good success and has worked particularly hard to encourage and increase the participation in surf sports. Anyone who can help the club expand on information from its early years can email mail@omahasurf.co.nz or contact Deb Collings on 021 0624 686.

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Top quality tennis weekend More than 120 players from the upper North Island, including 11 current agegroup national titleholders, competed in the Lower Northland Senior Open Tournament held last month. The Open has been running since 1985 and was held at the Warkworth and Mahurangi East tennis courts. The top sections were dominated by visiting players with only a few locals making the prize list. Penny Smith, who teamed up with Sandy Tritt from the Waikato, a triple titleholder at the 2014 Senior Nationals, won the women’s doubles. Robbie Blair, along with Aucklander Graeme Swords, won the Plate Consolation in the men’s doubles, and Murray and Bev Billington won the Championship Consolation play-off in the mixed doubles. The locals had plenty of success, however, in the other tournament sections with two winning pairings in the mixed doubles – Pip and John White took out Section 2 and Des Sharp and Margaret Marr won Section Three. Other local winners were: Section 2: Ladies Doubles: Runners up Debbie Beveridge & Sue Drinnan , Plate winners Diana Wyatt & Margaret Marr. Section 2: Men’s Doubles. runners up Bryn Williams & Neville Stevenson, Champ Consolation winners Don Matheson & Nigel Lewin, Plate Consolation winners Blair Martin & Viv Wyatt. Section 2: Mixed

Section 3 mixed winners, Margaret Marr and Des Sharp.

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doubles: Runners up Don Matheson & Diana Wyatt, Plate winners Bryn Williams & Sue Drinnan. Section 3: Runners up Des Sharp & Roy Cooper, Plate winners Lew & Kevin Hood. Next year’s tournament will mark the 30th anniversary of the event and is scheduled for May 16 and 17.


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Boosting participation in sport can generate a variety of socio-economic benefits. Sport can, and does, make a profound and positive impact on individuals, communities and wider society. The facts are suggesting that the government and community need to invest more into sport and the benefits are real and significant. Sport New Zealand has commissioned its own research on this topic, while keeping a critical eye on the latest evidence from around the world. The aim is to provide the information needed to make the best strategic and investment decisions. The market value of sport and recreation to the New Zealand economy in 2008/09 is estimated to be $5.2 billion, or 2.8 per cent of GDP. This puts the sector on a par with the dairy industry’s contribution to the New Zealand economy. Additionally, sport and active recreation result in gains in productivity and health benefits valued at $1 billion. Putting a dollar value on the personal benefits of participating in sport and recreation adds a further $6 billion. Physical activity, including sport, is linked to reduced risk of over 20 illnesses, including cardiovascular disease and some cancers. The approximate cost of premature death (under age 65) due to obesity-related diseases in the Auckland region is $272 million. The value of indirect costs (productivity, pain and suffering) that could be saved if the population did the recommended levels of physical activity (and the envisaged health benefits occurred) is $213 million for the Auckland region, $48 million in the Waikato region and $62 million in the Wellington region. Published studies show the positive effects of sport on education include improved attainment, lower absenteeism and drop-out, and increased progression to higher education. For instance, young people’s participation in sport improves their numeracy scores by 8 per cent on average above non-participants. Other studies have found that sport programmes aimed at youth who are at risk of criminal behaviour can enhance self-esteem and reduce re-offending. Clearly there is value in the benefits of sport. Ensuring the correct amount of investment nationally, regionally and locally in our schools and community for sport is paramount.

SCOREBOARD A roundup of sports activities and events in the district Badminton The Warkworth Badminton Club plays social badminton on Tuesdays from 9.30am11.30am and Wednesdays 9am-11am. All welcome. Fees: $5 each day played or $3 for members. Membership is $20 per annum. Info: Rhondda 4223565 or Lynne 4254999 ToTalspan Rodney pRoud sponsoRs of Netball The Rodney Rams senior netball team is looking for new members. The team practices Sundays at 4pm at the netball courts in Whangateau Domain and plays every Friday at the Wellsford courts. Info: Eddie Watts 4226039 a Rugby Roundup of spoRTs acTiviTies in THe disTRicT Theomnimolum Mahurangi Rugby Club premier 1 and 2 teams welcome new members. The teams ibus trainvendipsantus 6pm Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Warkworth Info: Ian Bradnam Is quas sint restincti blaborr umquisi muscius idipitae laShowgrounds. et qui nus 021 sanissit, 423144conseri bradnam@xtra.co.nz or Koen McGee 021 0744167 koenmcgee@hotmail.com autatur onsequi denimod magnametur? Qui omnimet as magnima gnihil il ilictati te nam qui blaboria is amusanitio. Nam excepelenis nima con pore etur? Soccer Derum est andia perfernatem fugit qui dit auditi cum eum vendusant volupta quam Wellsford Soccer is seeking more players for its 6th grade team, which plays at Port Albert evelit ipitessum aut ut am. Domain on Saturday mornings. Anyone interested, should contact Mrs Wade on 423 8283 (evenings). simusci llabo Table Tennis Ucimporrum lautat rerum renducia voloreiur, comniendel ipis et volorrupta sum voluptatus am eumisquis abor aut dit, nem dolliciurem moluptus Table tennis played in aut theut Matakana Hall onfugiate Tuesdays at 7.30pm. Coaching is also doluptaquis iorepro volor aut inullab orrovitae eosam, soluptas volore ea delis available.quosant Info: George 4230424 or Mary 4258146. quam, optis erum faccaborest, cus, ommoluptat aliquis di quiam eat arum serianda quiTaekwon-Do si reptium dolut quo et haruptature parit, officiunt ex eat quatus, que pro optasim Warkworth Taekwon-Do meets oluptat ut restiistrum nit et alitias pietusTuesdays enihil ium and sus. Thursdays at Warkworth School Hall. Ages 3-10 meet from 5pm-6pm and 10 and above from 6.15pm-7.45pm. Classes are $65 a oTaTuR month,coRum or $40 for those under 6. Group deals available. Info: tash@jungshin.co.nz 021 Nonsed Parciendania sendio omnimus nonet est et qui sae pera 0709exeri 112occabo. (see p34) endipitatur aut expereperum restrum harum atur reperumet dipid millibus vel int occae Karate/Kickboxing doloriorumet et excearciis atibusa ntibeati omnihil molut od earum quis del magnis classes are held Showgrounds dojo. Kids maKarate pra volori ipienie niatus plibusat quiaWarkworth veniatibus. Illorit as imusam voluptatem sitio beginners karate Monday 3.30-4.30pm, adults/teens and Thursday 6.30officidel ium int a consequi nis rae int vidundaekarate. perferumMonday nonem corum. 8.15pm, women’s karate Tuesday and Friday 9.15-10.30am (female gainstructor), nempeRnaTis women’s kickboxing Wednesday 6-7pm. Info 0220 988 310 Ad eic tem reiunt volut porate ped ma non niendi arum eumque. List sports news FREE by emailing editor@localmatters.co.nz

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MAHURANGI COLLEGE ISSUE 4: June 2014 school holidays. We have a young team this year, which finished a creditable 9th out of the 32 teams that qualified from throughout the country.

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• Yr 7 Immunisation • Cross Country - Auckland Champs • Healthy Relationships Training Day

Monday June 9

Dear Parents and Guardians Tena Koutou Katoa

• Choir Big Sing - Whangarei

Tuesday June 10 rd Ella Hauser & Forrest Axfo

Congratulations to Ella Hauser on being selected for the North Harbour Under 17 Netball A team and to Forrest Axford for being selected for the NZ U18 men’s Under Water Hockey team. ings, Rose Gannaway, Daniel Coll hanan Buc lay Find & ay, Alana Hathaw

Thank you to all our Pasifika parents who attended the Fono held in our school library last week. We were very pleased with the turnout and the feedback we received.

Zane Illingworth, Yr 10 Winning Mathex Team: man & Jack Yarndley Matthew Torckler, Caleb Wig

Mrs Alison Moncrieff as they graduated with a Grad. Dip. TESSOL

Four years of hard work doing part time post-graduate study finally paid off for Mrs Jenny MacDonald and

• L1 & 2 Solo Music Performances • L3 Group Music Performances

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• L1 & 2 Drama Evening Performance

Sunday June 15-17

• L1 Geography Trip - Rotorua

Tuesday June 17

• Senior Drama - Maidment ‘Once on Chunuk Bair’

Wednesday June 18 & 19

• L2 & 3 Drama Evening Performance

Friday June 20

• Hockey - Trivial Pursuit Night - hall • Peer Support Session

Saturday June 21

• NZSS Cross Country - Palmerston Nth

Thursday June 26 & 27

• Stand Up Workshop for Boys Yr 10

Thursday June 26

• Closing date for Entry to ICAS English

Both teachers now incorporate many of the strategies crief Jenny MacDonald & Alison Mon into their teaching, with all students (not only second language learners) benefiting from a language based focus. Personal device storage lockers are now available for $10/month. They are situated in the library and the music block.

Congratulations to all our students who competed in the Northland Mathex competition, and particularly to our Year 10 team which came first, and our Year 7 team which came 2nd. The Senior Sailing team again qualified for the Nationals, which were held this year at Algies Bay in the 2nd week of the April

Wednesday June 4

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Our Prefects once again represented the school well at both local ANZAC Services, laying a wreath on behalf of our students and staff. The Head Prefects, Alana and Daniel, spoke at the Community Service of how the war has affected their families, and our Deputy Head Prefects, Findlay and Rose, spoke later at the RSA.

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Thursday July 3

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Beanbags have proved a popular choice with the students this year. A generous donation given to the library by Nat and Jenine Torkington of Gnat Ltd has been used to add to our collection. The beanbags have enabled more flexibility in using the library learning spaces.

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To order tickets for the evening performance at the Aotea Centre on Friday 4 July, please come to the School Student Office. Adults $33, Children (under 12) $27. Show starts at 7pm and finishes around 10pm. All the best to the students for their performance on the night. Email: j.newby@mahurangi.school.nz for further information. Jane Newby, Arts Coordinator

Business Boot Camp The country’s next batch of aspiring entrepreneurs were given a crash course on the realities of business in Auckland during the inaugural ‘business boot camp’, an intensive five-day camp organised by Massey University, saw 56 financiallyminded Senior students from more than 20 schools converge on the university’s Albany campus. For Mahurangi College student Holly Bakker, p the chance to see how ker at Business Boot Cam a variety of businesses Holly Bak operate was an extraordinary opportunity. “Meeting with so many different businesses and making lots of new friends was incredible, it changed my perspective.” The camp included visits to HP, Microsoft, BNZ, Harbour Sports and the Chelsea Sugar factory and overviews of functional areas of Finance, Human Relations, Accounting and Marketing from Massey Lecturers and presentations by speakers from Drake NZ, Hewlett Packard, BNZ, Juicy Rentals and NZX. As a result of Boot Camp Holly received a $1000 scholarship to attend Massey. Peter Hill

On Wednesday the 19th March, Mrs Tennant and Mrs Vaughan ably helped by the wonderful SLC Teacher Aides, took 11 students to participate in the Special Olympics Athletics Ribbon Day at the Millennium Stadium in Mairangi Bay, North Shore. The students had a very good day, and we were very pleased to have taken some shelter from the sun as it was a very hot day! Our students took part in walking, running and wheelchair races, shot-put or softball throw and long jump. They all received ribbons and were all given Player of the Day certificates from Lone Star restaurants in Auckland. Bev Tennant

Business Day 2014 The second annual Year 11 Business Day was held recently. 12 different businesses sold a variety of goods and experiences at lunchtime. The students learned to write a business plan and then execute on the plan. This year every business was profitable and with each business making a “Tax donation” approximately $200 was raised for the fight against cancer. Peter Hill

NZ Secondary Schools Sailing Teams Racing Nationals The College Sailing Team competed in the Annual Teams Racing Nationals held at Algies Bay over the second week of the school holidays. There were 32 Schools competing from around the country, the furthest being from Wanaka. The week started off with a bang, with lots of wind and great sailing by our team, where we raced against some tough competition; by Wednesday we had made it into the Gold (top) Fleet, beating some old rivals. As the week went on the wind got lighter and some time was spent on the shore waiting for a suitable sailing wind. Overall we finished 9th, a good result. Kerikeri High School won the event, with MacLeans College coming Second and Auckland Grammar Third. A huge thank you goes out to all the parents and supporters that gave up their time to help us on our journey to the National’s, including providing accommodation, food and support at the prize giving. Our team was coached by ex-student Graeme

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Sutherland, who did a great job. Also I would like to farewell Pia Schuster and Tristan Gill (both Year 13), who have competed in their last Secondary School Nationals, we wish you well for the rest of your sailing future. The rest of the team members are – Brooke Adamson, Mathew Leydon, Heather Pearson, Jordan Stevenson, Heather Niccolls and Georgia Woodall. Louise Clouston, Team Manager

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Stage Challenge 2014

‘Not my Crime, Still my Sentence’ is the title of this year’s Stage Challenge performance. The Planning Team have done an amazing job already of directing and choreographing 80 plus students. Stage Challenge is an 8 minute performance of dance, drama and music which the students direct and choreograph themselves, led this year by Claudia Ainscow, a Year 13 student. This year there will be two performances to the Community, in the school hall, on Thursday 3 July, one at 6pm and the Senior Mixed To uch Team second at 6.45pm. Please come along and see for yourselves how clever these students are. A gold coin donation on the door helps to cover the costs and to fund the trip down to Auckland.

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Speed spurs on Warkworth rider Age outplays youth

It was a case of youth versus experience in the allWarkworth final of the Warkworth Squash Club’s first Open Tournament for season held recently. Young gun Sam Adams took on the older wily Anthony Roberts, with Anthony winning 15/9 14/16 15/5 12/15 15/9. Bruce Riggell went through undefeated to win Division 2 and Alistair Hancox, from Te Papapa, won Division 3 with the sponsor Chris Drinnan coming runner-up. Alistair Chisholm dropped only one set throughout the tournament to win Division 4 over Yi Su, also from Warkworth. Amy Oberkircher went through undefeated in the Women’s Division 1 and Jamie-Lee Roberts, who was third seed, defeated second seed Colleen Hill to win the Women’s Division 2. The tournament was sponsored by Drinnan Drainage. The next tournaments on the Squash Auckland Schedule for Warkworth will be a Junior 1 Day Tournament on July 20 and a B Grade Tournament on August 8.

Warkworth will be represented at the World BMX championships in Rotterdam next month. Mahurangi College student Mitchell McFarlane, 14, has qualified for the New Zealand team after finishing second and seventh in the national championships held over Easter. He also picked up a national series title in the cruiser class for points collected over the summer season. Mitchell says that while the Americans and Europeans dominate the sport, NZ riders can hold their own. NZ hosted the world championships last year, when about 50 countries were represented. There will be around 50 riders in the NZ team in the Netherlands but Mitchell will be one of only nine competing in two events – the 20 inch and the cruiser class. Riders on the track can reach speeds of up to 45kph, which requires both skill and technical ability. That’s why Mitchell’s now training six days week to prepare to go up against the world’s best including the current world number two champion in the cruiser class Cailen Calkin, of Hamilton. His training schedule includes sprint and strength training, plenty of on-track time and, according to his father and coach Ross McFarlane, plenty of food. Mitchell says his immediate goal is to make it to the quarter or semi-finals at the world champs, but long-term he has his eye on representing NZ at the Olympics. “I love the speed, the thrill of the jumps and the adrenalin,” he says. Mitchell and his family are currently fundraising to cover the expenses, which will allow him to compete in Rotterdam. If anyone can assist, they can contact Ross at Harcourts in Warkworth.

Under-19s unbeaten Mahurangi Rugby Club’s under-19s team is unbeaten after the first round of the North Harbour competition. The team won the Walter Little Shield after defeating Northcote at the end of May, coming back from 18-5 at the end of the first half to clinch the win 26-18. They now have an 11-point lead heading into the second round of the competition. The team’s main goal now is the semi-finals in July. The team formed at the start of the year thanks to a Facebook campaign. Initially, four players signed up, but they now have a squad of about 30.

Mitchell McFarlane in action and with some of the BMX trophies he’s amassing.

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til Jun 20 Matakana Images exhibition, Art Matakana, Matakana Country Park til Jun 20 That’s Country exhibition, Art Matakana, Matakana Country Park 4 Citizens Advice Bureau opens Warkworth office, in the Auckland Council  office, Baxter Street 10am-1pm 5-Jul 6 Through Young Eyes photography exhibition, Estuary Arts, Orewa (see story p6) 7 Great North, Leigh Sawmill (see story p38) 8 Tree planting, Parry Karui Park, Warkworth, starts 10am. Info: Ray Jensen on 425 8391 8 Young Speechmaker Contest, Totara Park Hall, starting at 10.30am 8 Auckland Youth Choir, Ascension Wine Estate, 4pm (see story p39) 9 Warkworth Genealogy Society monthly meeting 10am-noon, Shoesmith Hall, Shoesmith Street. Shared lunch. 9 U3A meeting, Totara Park, Melwood Dr, Warkworth, starts at 10am 9 Hoteo North School Society AGM, Hoteo North Hall, 7.30pm 11 Warkworth Tennis & Squash Club annual fundraising dinner, 7pm. Speaker Glen Osborne. Tickets $70 for two. Info: Joyce 425 6833 or aussie.joyce23@gmail.com. 11 Warkworth Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) dinner meeting, Salty Dog Inn, 6pm. Guest speaker Mark Mitchell. RSVP to Sally 021 425 407 by June 8. 11&25 Housie, Warkworth RSA downstairs meeting room, 1.30pm 13 Warkworth Photo Club meets at Kowhai Art and Craft club rooms, Warkworth Showgrounds Reserve, at 7pm. Photo challenges, show and tell, and photo safaris. Info: Mary Moore 425 6910 or at mayree@xtra.co.nz 14 Fawlty Towers fundraising evening, Warkworth Fire Brigade, starts 6.30pm. Tickets: Nick McLean on 021 425 924. 14 Warkworth Senior Citizens annual general meeting, Club Rooms, 2 Alnwick St, at 1.30pm. 14 Maungaturoto Quiz Night, Maungaturoto Centennial Hall, doors open 6.30pm for 7pm start. $10 pp, max 6 per team. Quiz Master, Guy Smith. To book a team, phone 09 431 8462 or nyree.k.alcock@hotmail.co.nz 14 Home Body Beauty Market, Warkworth Masonic Hall, 9am 1pm. Free entry. Info: warkworthmarket@gmail.com 14 & 15 Free Mindfulness Weekend Retreat for 16 - 30 year olds, Antara Retreat. To book, phone 423 7070 (see brief p39) 15 Lloyd Cole and Greg Johnson play at Ascension Wine Estate from 2pm. Tickets $60 at ticketmaster.co.nz (see story p38) 15 Warkworth & District Museum AGM, 2pm 17 Forest & Bird Winter Talk, Totara Park, Warkworth, starts at 7.30pm. Guest speakers Gill & Kevin Adshead who will talk about the restoration of their land at Mataia on the Kaipara. 18 Public meeting to discuss planning for Sandspit Harbour, at Sandspit Yacht Club, 7pm (see story p4 ) 18 Talk by Trish Allen about her attendance at the International Permaculture Congress, in Cuba, a thriving, sustainable, postoil society on the cusp of change; at Bramble Café Matakana Country Park, 1pm. Book: Gill 422 6959 20 Mahurangi College Hockey Club Trivial Pursuit Night, Mahurangi College Hall. Tickets $10/head and available from the school office. Door opens at 6.30pm with the bar open at 7pm. 20 Matakana School 80’s quiz & auction, Matakana School Hall, from 7pm Tickets $20 ea or book a table of 8. Info: www. matakana.school.nz or 422 7309. 20 What Do We Do in the Shadows special screening, Matakana Cinemas (see story p24)

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Warkworth’s soccer veterans and juniors shine Warkworth’s 17th Grade soccer team has made a strong start to the season by winning its grading round. The relatively young team, coached by Matt Bull, is undefeated this season and has won a place in their age group’s 1st Division competition. Warkworth Association Football and Sports Club committee member Grant Dixon says there are more than 400 Warkworth players in the winter comp and a further 100 in the Futsal Competition, as well as around 150 playing in the summer league. “We could easily use double the number of fields we currently have at our disposal,” he says. “The installation of lights at Shoesmith Domain has been great, allowing far greater use of the three fields at night, but we are still utilising fields at the rugby club to meet training needs.” While soccer is one of the sports codes involved in the Warkworth Showgrounds redevelopment, Grant says that realistically, it will be many years before that area can fully

accommodate local soccer needs. Also doing well this season is the Over 35s side, which is playing in the 1st Division this year, after winning the 2nd Division last year. So far, they are undefeated. Meanwhile, Warkworth’s top men’s side in the Northern Football Federation competition is still looking to find its form in the 2nd Division competition. “Coach Paul Gothard, who is also the goal-keeping coach for the All Whites, has a particular style of play he’s developing in the team,” Grant says. “We’re starting to see the team do well, but it’s just taking a bit of time to get it all working the way its meant to. We’re very fortunate to have someone with Paul’s skills here. “It’s also a pretty tough league to play in. We have two terrific sponsors – Ray White Realty and Mitre 10 Mega – but we don’t have the same resources as the city-based clubs and we’re not paying our senior players. This can make it hard to attract people to our association.”

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They might be in the Over 35s division, but they are proving they’re not over the hill. Pictured taking the ball is Warkworth’s Steve Gove. Left: Warkworth’s 17th Grade team is showing early promise in the 1st Division competition.

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